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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 7, 1910, Lethbridge, Alberta FROM BEDOUIN "Story of kn Adventure in the Nedjed Desert. Which Begins in Treachery Ends in the Dis- cwcr? of of T In Dublin, m of .Che first trouble btd -made A dnr hale before noon to prepare to makf two rupid nigur 'marches to abundant which tlie guides said could found in some gorges southwest of Lake Rosebud caiue swaggering rudely one. of the Abyssiuiaus. uluiost Vuockijijf hliu off "his feet. The named Robeit- lurnwl it round'to ste who bail done lr. Kosebud spat1 iu bis face. Kobsrt was unHrmed sad Rosebud had pistol and'short sword In his girdle, hut the trymftn. calling-to mind British boxing lessons. drive with, his right-in a swinging uppercur chat luid of tint somachiajf well worth sealnff, side of borse, he begun cttlinf couiiiuiioaj. He caught, up a the !a-tte: wheti Toliirar, tarowiinf rile to more, MUIC A bullet through Koufi Thejjiojjipd went 'Jilo The tht overhead and' Kouf rell dead hfttfr of prancing mare. Not another tut Awntee'niKl eouipASiy made iiiyiiCMt hostile dtm- oimratkui. though the of maiiy '-blact with hatred. Auger-ami i "Mitrkliaiu. better .iux-.' munition and one ac R time afte" drawled ToiSiver. further ado we e'VeryVasiB of-them at the did Ic-.haLf quickJv. All sjire the Abyssiniana. tQ kind of amuninitloa separately Tre and moved OQ as ilie san ;d6wn, ike BY A COWBOY dtftact. liocc it now that a wandering band of Bedoulha had -in tlm vicfiarty-; about, half.atn hour waen 1 uttr4 a ahont from him and raltlnf, my., him on a rock at fa? tatttrn, side of wariuj armi, pah IB one hand and aoawthhjf clutched in tbe other. I hurrlMiljr completed my work and went over to at MarkhaniS Loot at cried. aitplayinir very flue frajmetttK of tiirqublse natrlx.; He had in rift hi.tie Hand of very bane of the The .work.inr'.conditions were Sand ..s tor mi. hot days of blaalaf stillness', whtn ture reached huadred-and hours at a stretch1: The sixth night a-jreat stir among t he. aniiuals first and the men. thereafter. Qur positive that we. wtre tfcinf'-racontioitred by a party in .tlift darkueas. They had conie, op in our wind on the cliff as insfde tlie'de'preation bad broufbt. wind to our Mothing was nothing- was cfrf. to'Tw M "-Amaltt the reply .effectively.-the .best fire they had comins: from my own men in their midst, and in we uad drLren them to .cover completely. They could not shelter their animals among the. rocks, and. though to p'ut dowa sucti tiue creatures.'-vve on them.-; .That; settled the raatter. They-saw; their position-, was untenable-, and. at dsshed into the open sklrting'-the'uorrU i lie. dry-lake'Mul. vanished into the gorge wheriL-e -had the loss of but one man: There was no'_qriepfiOn'.aboflit'what we must flo. it was only, a matter of''tfae'tni tlicy" could T-olliver and I did not even consult; "auJcaals anil packing: ouh-sspedltioharrjjiecessities we abandoned everything else. "Shall we try to.take-the stuffr' said ToUivex, 5n.c to the result our work. --.._ "We certainly said J. and 'we did. In less than fifteen minutes affer the last ?bot was fired, we wei-e. off for the entrance TO tlie-other ynrge; Tbe Bedouins could not an.fl.-overwhelm us wirh their numbers without paying.a heavy price for their, victory. At the first slgu of attacV all we need do was stand and let taem-jcbffle on in slender cohitnTi, rhe only way they .could attack in" the dry 'If meant to harass us from above they Tvoiilri to mount the. cliffs and circle ibe dry jiatiiral thin? for them to do.-w'ouid be fo'follow alouj: ihe cliffs uiiti] we were forced to camp' In'some where their circling-raiding methods would be ef- fective. Tt was a miserable fight., straight into the very heart of the desert. We had hatids jnro council nfter we were safely started and the unnniaaous. de- cision "'was that it was best to pusb a little to the north and strike the-caravan route .TO Iv'atal. rribf-'Siaftn: wereJof the opinion tUat-since -we'h'hd, in- flicted so heavy a loss.on the go to extremes for vengeance. arms.-ani- gold and matrices would make fine loot, The tirst .day I- had a bad the rocks-and dislocated .my of-the suffcriiiK'" in coujuiictioirwjth the heat was something frlphEfnK; The-second day: we made dry camp out on. the un- dulating waste- of sand between two low clump? 'reacli even" tbe rocks'. Before .sunset three different had..appeared_on the horizon .iml vrhVn "as" tlTe darlc'cnihe ddwu I said 'to _ should not be surprised'if to-night will wind up this game." "No. It looks, that I don't .care much, but .let's give them hell from the handle as long us we holdout' fun'so far." The Big Attack. About inidnighc came the expected attack and it was most cleverly planned. No' American "Indian ma- noeuvre could have'surpassed it. At lease one hun- dred men rode over the VesteriJ sky line, mounted on camels.and we could-see he glasses, and that they were fully aware what sort of marksmen-' rifles we had was shown by the respectful dis- tance tbe troop kept. Coming as uear as they dared to come-without drawing our fire, nine distinct; groups separated one by one and circling up took up positions to the west ancl north, the last one even being in the northeast. At a signal, shrilled from the centre, each troop of about ten men. dashed down on the camp. It is needless to say that we could not fire on all of therh. :nor. -worn out as'we could, we keep "our and nerves steady enough to concentrate on one group. .Out very ineffective and when they ivere near .enough tbey poured In a.hail of slugs and buJlets. In two minutes' time one of "the blacks and "one of Omans were badly wounded. Tollirer had a rip down his Ihigb. and several of the animals were disabled. Suddenly Ben Matoulons cried cut.that lie saw fiose- bud, at least recognized bis horse. 'Tolliver caught up 'his rifle once more and, following tbe dragoman'.- finger, made out the Hasan. The rI3e cracked ami Hosebud threw up his jirrns and rolled off over his horse's As the groups concentrated tbey began to feel our nre and at a signal they whirled galloped back to tbeir .former .posts. In an hour tbey repeated rhe manoeuvre, and ..tbis time thej got two more of u i and I had" a half ball buried iu.lbe rnusnes c-f my bad shoulder. Things looked very bad "indeed when suddenly there was excitement ou tlieir right, .-i grand shift of (rout and Ben Matovilons pointed out a large body of men approaching from tbe soutlieasr. They were riding like the tviml and when near enough .for their cries to be distinguishable tbe last of the US rtTiiiOUliCeu tlial tl'ity "uiS CO'Oti- trymen. Apparently it was merely a matter of whether or not one or the other parly murdered and looted cs. but Ben MatouJods leaped on a horse and .was away toward them, answering their tribal calls. Tbey in our direction and in ten minutes we weiv surroanded by tbenj. It .was pleasant.lo iind that we had been in no danger of being raided at their hands. TTVO of the guards who bad vanished from the eastern entrance to the gorge four days before on the occa- sion of tbe first attack were Oinnus. and bad made tbeir way to their fellow'.tribesmen, that tbe ex- pedition was practically a rescue party. It-was a rather costly one, bow-ever. After a brief brush with the other band tbe Omans returned and an hour before daylight we moved on with lliem tu the southeast. It was two weeks before Tolliver anil I leave them to proceed to the coast, ns sheik seemed beat ou keeping us with him. What bis. purpose was we had no idea, but we'were helpless! and, anybow. we were in sad need of recuperation. At the er.d of two weeks he signified that he wus willing we should depart and suggested that we halve with him our gold and matrices. I was amazed at the alacrity Tritb which Tolliver accepted this, without even giving roe a glance or consulting me in any way. "I had been laid up in the camp by the sheik always made bis headquarters nt that sea- son of tie year, so I did net know all that had been going on. IThen the stuff was brought in from our effects for division I was amazed to see hotv it bad" shrank. Half the matrices were gone anft four-fifths of thu gold. Tolliver did not seem to mind In the least and- as soon as we were on our way told me the serrat. Bit by bit be hnd reduced the piles himself, distribut- hiteuthftin and'. ing., the eruff .ainoog our...thlngs ,so that the. sheik gel ;