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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, transmitted to congress, with the annual message of the president, December 4, 1876

Egypt,   pp. 594-605 PDF (934.1 KB)

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ingly well, as she sells for £4,000,000 what can produce nothing for
nineteen years. This sum relieves her of all present financial embarrassments,
lifts her out of the hands of money-lenders, and gives her a chance to place
her finances in the hands of men who can put them in order.
 I will close this dispatch with a statement of the different kinds of bonds
and obligations of the Suez Canal as near as I can obtain them. First, there
are the 400,000 shares of original capital of £20 each, then 333,333
obligations of £20 each, bearing interest at 5 per cent., then 200,000
thirty-year bonds of £4 each, redeemable at £5, and bearing 8
per cent. interest, and finally 400,000 bonds of £3.85 each, at 5 per
cent. interest, issued for the consolidation of unpaid coupons.
I am, &c.,
Vice-consul General, in charge.
No. 323.
Mr. Comanos to Mr. Fish.
Cairo, Egypt, February 18, 1876. (Received March 15.)
 SIR: * * * * *
 Herewith please find a translation of the official account of the defeat
of the Egyptian troops by the Abyssinians.
I am, &c.,
Vice- Consul- General, in charge.
Official account of the late Aby$8inian expedition from Wakal Misrië.
 The intelligence published at intervals in the newspapers has called attention
to the conduct of the Abyssinian government, which during the last three
years has provoked incursions into our territory, and has pillaged our frontier
 The Egyptian government has on many occasions addressed the Abyssinian govern.
inent in courteous terms, reminding it that its acts were incompatible with
good neighborly relations; that it was but just to return to it that which
it had taken from it, and that it should take measures to prevent the recurrence
of such outrages.
 Without regarding our rightful representations, and far from confining himself
to the iniquitous acts which lie had committed, the King of Abyssinia assembled
recently a considerable army in the Harmacin province, bordering the territory
of Massawa. He thus threatened our frontiers with immediate war, the more
so as he put an end to all commercial relations between the two countries,
forbidding Abyssinian subjects to pass into Egypt and Egyptian merchants
to penetrate into Abyssinia. This state of affairs having carried dread into
the heart of our frontier provinces, and deprived them of the security which
our government is bound to assure to them, it sent to Massawa two battalions
of mounted infantry, under the command of Colonel Arendrup Bey, in order
to restore confidence to the people and to guard our frontiers. After the
arrival of these two battalions at Massawa, the bulk of the Abyssinian army
abandoned Hamacin and withdrew into the interior of the country. But the
remaining troops posted near our frontier continued to pillage and maltreat
all Egyptian subjects falling into their hands. In face of these acts of
hostility, Colonel Arendrup entered Hemacin at the head of an armed force,
including the aforementioned battalions, formed each of eight companies,
and of six other companies which happened at that time to be in Sanhit—that
is to say, a total of twenty-two companies of infantry and two batteries
of artillery. It was required, to guard our frontiers, to occupy temporarily
the Hamacin, and to endeavor to come to an understanding in a treaty with
the King of Abyssinia.
 Upon the entry of the Egyptian troops into the Hamacin, Cougag Dabron, corn-

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