23 FEBRUARY 1884, Page 1


HALF of the British Expedition had on Thursday arrived at Trinkitat, and the remainder were expected before Satur- day. It was arranged that the march of the expedition-5,000 strong—for the relief of Tokar should commence on Sunday, and all signs indicated that Osman Digna intended to resist the Euro- peans, he apparently sincerely believing that he is the lieutenant of the Messenger of God. A Jew merchant who stayed thirteen days in his camp reports his men, though badly armed, in- flamed with fanaticism, and betaking themselves to the abste- miousness which marks Arabs under religions excitement. The prospect has, however, been totally changed by the submission to relieve Kassala, where the Egyptian garrison will be the next object of attack. Moving on Kassala by land involves Digna's force. If that does not happen, General Gordon's influence will be strained to the utmost, as the Arabs will see of Tokar, which occurred on the 19th inst. Macaur Bey, the which was foreseen, General Graham has orders to await instructions. These may be to halt, but they may also be the finger of God in the whole business.

Governor, although he knew that relief was at hand, sought Osman Digna, and arranged terms under which the Arabs on Thursday entered the town. The soldiers had given up their this might bring about the now desirable collision with Osman arms, but no massacres are reported. Under this contingency, the recovery of Tokar, which commands the land route, and