HC Deb 26 March 1885 vol 296 c672

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether his attention has been called to the following statement of the Special Correspondent of The Daily Telegraph at Suakin, dated March 22nd:— General Graham expected the first zereba to be built five miles away, and the second at a distance of eight miles, but General M'Neil, finding it impossible to advance, in consequence of the camels breaking down, and no fresh ones being available, stopped about six miles from Suakin; and, whether the above-mentioned camels were those supplied from the Delta, accustomed to abundance of green food and water, and which have been condemned as notoriously unfit for the Suakin-Berber desert?


, in reply, said, there was no official confirmation of the statement. He could not say whether the camels referred to were Egyptian or Indian, nor was he aware that the Delta camels had been condemned as unfit for the desert. They had, however, done good service there.