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THE NILE EXPEDITION. \ '¡.."-'\.

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THE NILE EXPEDITION. '¡. Letter from Gordon. V r" 8T AN DARD" TELEGRAM.] .1 KORTI, Friday. -Gone'rAl Buller expresses distinct opinion that the boats will be Able to reach Khartoum in two months from here. While giving this opinion, the general added: General Earle is still bere, making every preparation for the advance of the column., It ia probable that the last regiment of the division will be here by the 23rd inst. Col. VAndbleur, commanding the Royal Sussex Regiment, has been ordered to select 400 of his men for the march across the desert to Metemneh. The best shots in the regiment are to be chosen for the service. The men are to take kits for two months only. s I f" DAILY TELEGRAPH" TELLrGIIAN.1 KORTI, Friday.—It is now rumoured that while a portion of the troops will follow the Nile to Berber Lord Wolseley's column will await them at Matemneh. Major Flood, with a ttoop and a, half of the 19th Hussars, will proceed to Metemneh to-morrow. The rest of the hussars Will follow the desert rout. The Standards special correspondent, tele- graphing from Korti on Thursday night, says:— I have seen the message sent by General Gordon. It is a tiny scrap of paper no larger, than a postage stamp, and could be easily con- cealed, however strictly itB bearer was searched. 1 have had a talk with the man who hrought it to-day. General Gordon is a great smoker, and it is satisfactory to learn that he ja a<nt>ly pro- vided with tobacco. He had a personal interview with the messenger before the man set out, and when he left him offered him a cigarette. The messenger says that General Gordon has two palaces at Khartoum, and that he has a gun in position on the flat roof of each of them. At sunrise daily he mounts to the roof, and makes a careful survey of the whole country with his telescope, and marks any changes that may have taken place in the enemy's position. If nothing unusual has hap- pened, and there are no signs of any movement on the part of the Mahdi's men, he retires into hit quarters and sleeps the greater part of the day. He rises before sunset, and after darkness has set in lie starts for the ramparts, which he per- ambulates all night, seeing that the sentries are all properly posted and on the alert, and cheering the ttoops by his conversation and example. n Colonel Kitson, with five boats with men of the Black Watch, arrived to-day. Some boats, with a. detachment of the Essex Regiment, and others with a portion of the Duke of Corn- wall's Regiment, have also arrived, The bulk of these three regiments will probably be here by the end of the week. All are pushing forward at their best rate of speed, ana the news of the starting of the Staffordshire Regiment up the river will, of course, add greatly to then eagerness to reach the front. T"P Royal Irish Regiment is now the only corps which has not passed Dal on its way up.. Provisions come in steadily hete from the sur. roundin- country, and I believe that the supplies which we obtain are sufficient for the support of all the troops in this camp without trenching upon the supplies which have been brought up in the bt.)ats. Nothing has so far occurred which will alter the plan of the campaign as at present laid down. No definite information has as yet reached head- quarters with refarence to the strength of the enemy at Metemneh. It is supposed vi .e place is occupied by a detachment of f*6 Mahdi s dervish army. The troops arriving in the present an absolutely ludicrous appearand torn a«d ragged garments, whose con*"0" f the utter unsiutability Gf the • ec* out to our soldiers f0r a har^ camP £ Uj?n. There is literally not a ~^he whole column, which alstaff s ragged regiment rather t&f^e Bl^k VScK tfC £ pS- pat'2fant»S «acks» with native cloth6 from patched with ol«a eyen portion3 o{ biscuit Cs he bazaar», n 0Q to t £ e trousers to repair the have been ma^9 rowing. What the ap- wear and tr00p3 w;]l be by the time the pearanc?n ^as finished its work we cannot even contemplate^

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