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No Englishman doubts the ultimate issue of this unfortunate war. Sooner or later, Arabi and his undisciplined troops and scanty appliances will be overborne by the skilful generals, well-trained troops, and vast warlike resources of this country. Alexandria, the oldest port and second city of Egypt, is securely in our possession, forming an admirable basis of operations. Tewfik Pasha, the legal ruler of the country, is on our side—indeed, we are avowedly acting on his behalf—and probably the mass of native proprietors and holders of property are in sympathy with a Power that intervenes in the interests of peace and order, without which material progress and prosperity are impossible. Then, we are not proposing to conquer and occupy Egypt for our own benefit, but we are intervening, as Mr. Gladstone's says, "to put down anarchy, to promote a settlement based on international rights, to strengthen the Khedive, and to establish equal laws and popular rights." In undertaking this military enterprise we shall not, so far as at present appears, be hampered with uncertain and self-seeking allies, nor have we any reason to pay deference to the susceptibilities and ambition of a Sultan, who has largely helped to bring about the present complications, and is now making a last effort to aggravate them.

Source: The Illustrated London News, No.2256—Vol. LXXXI, Saturday, July 29, 1882, p.102