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Mag▓dala, and when the place was clearly visible, t●hey had to make a detour of sixty mi▓les to avoid these obstacles.But the ●valley of the Bachelo was reac

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hed, and d▓escending 3800 feet on one side ▓by a fair road, the stream was forded,▓ and the ascent of the opposite side of the enor▓mous ravine was begun.On reach▓ing the first level, fire was opened▓ from the hill fortress, and a serious▓ sortie was made by a large irreg▓ular mass of infantry and cavalry.The army was● almost taken at a disadvant▓age.The nature of the country had tende▓d to lengthen the column, and ●there were but few troops up to the front; b●ut the Naval Brigade rocket-batt▓ery ca

me into action, with the 4th●, some Engineers, two companies of the 10th ▓

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Native Infantry and a squadron of th▓e 3rd Native Cavalry had to bear the first b●runt of the first battle.It was enough, howev●er, and the fighting did not last

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long unde●r the breechloading fire of the 4th, the fi●rst time the Snider had been used in actual ▓war.This disposed of one of the two ●bodies into which the enemy had been divi▓ded; the other made for the baggage defended by● some of the 4th and the Punjaubees, supporte▓d by the steel mountain battery of Colo●nel Penn, known therefore as t▓he “Steel Pens,” and the Abyssinia●n rush was checked by shell fire at 300 yards, ▓and the deadly fire of the breech●loading rifle.The enemy fell back badly beaten▓, while our own loss was only 30 men● wounded and none killed.Of about 5000 men wh●o had rushed boldly to the attack of the head ▓of the British c

olumn, the bulk were des●troyed or dispersed, and the ground was covere▓d with dead and wounded.The expendi●ture of ammunition was serious.In one hour n●early ninety rounds per man ▓had been discharged. The next da▓y came the “Easter Monday Re●view,” as the soldiers termed it, and the s▓torm of Theodore’s stronghold.Sca●ling ladders were improvised from the▓ bamboo dhooly-poles, and the● handles of the pioneers’ axes.But● they were not needed.The guns and rockets o▓pened on the devoted377 fort▓ress, and the storming column, formed o●f the 33rd, w

ith Major Pritchard and the ●Engineers in front, the 45th in support, and●

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the remainder in reserve, pushe▓d up the narrow path to the e●ntrance.Here, while efforts were made to b▓reak open the gate (for the po●wder required for the purpose had been forg▓otten), some of the 33rd managed to scramble up▓ the side of the path, turned the flank of ▓the defenders of the barrier,● and when a second gate at the top of a s

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teep f●light of steps was destroyed, ●the place was taken.The loss had b●een most slight, but the vengeance taken on a b▓loodthirsty tyrant was complete.Theodore ▓himself committed suicide, his fortress was bu●rned and destroyed, his queen▓ died in our camp at Senafé, and Prince Alam●ayu, his son, was taken to England

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