In these memoirs of an Austrian Catholic missionary, it seems almost incredible that such sufferings as the European captives endured did not long ago bring to them the happy release of death they so ardently longed for; but it was not to be. The door of escape, which they had thought closed to them for ever, suddenly opened, and they did not fear to risk the dangers and perils of that terrible desert journey.
THE BAGGARA MASTERS OF THE SUDAN.
Relations between Abdullah and the rival Khalifas-- Mahdiism practically dead--The Khalifa's son Osman--His marriage to Yakub's daughter--His intentions regarding the succession--The Baggara and the Aulad-Belad--The Baggara masters of the Sudan--Examples of their tyranny --Emigration of the Rizighat tribe--Hostility between the Khalifa's and the late Mahdi's households--The Ashraf conspiracy--Witchcraft--The dispute between the Khalifas--Riots in Omdurman--The Mahdi's widows 387
PREPARATIONS FOR THE FLIGHT.
Ohrwalder forms plans for escape--The fate of other Europeans attempting to fly--Stricter surveillance-- Ohrwalder's means of livelihood--Letters from Cai