THE MARQUESS OF HARTINGTON
With reference to the Question put to me earlier in the evening, I may say that, since it was asked, I have received a telegram from Lord Wolseley, dated the 19th (to-day), in which he states that a message, dated the 15th instant, had been received from General 873 Brackenbury, whose Cavalry had entered Salamat, and found it deserted. He left his Infantry five miles from Salamat, and his horses and camels passed safely through the Shukuk Pass, which was also deserted. General Bracken-bury hoped to be at Abu Hamad by the 25th instant, and to concentrate his troops before the 1st March. The delay was caused by the necessity of crossing mounted troops to the other side of the river. Any estimate of time was necessarily uncertain owing to the state of the river.