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draw their salaries and have no opinions, alienated completely the confidence of the Egyptian official classes and made the advance of the agitation easy.
The liberal government adopted a policy of conciliation, refused to restrain in any way the campaign of falsehood and slander carried on by the chief nationalist newspaper, pardoned the Denishawai prisoners, turned the schools over to a nationalist minister and finally submitted even such a technical financial question as the prolongation of the Suez canal concession to the national assembly (in no way a representative institution). The result was that the whole proceeding was regarded as a confession of weakness and fear on the part of the English. Each new concession was met by the nationalist with a scream of triumph and a howl for more. The language of the press has grown more and more incendiary until at last a Moslem has shot the Christian prime minister in the hope of frightening England into granting an Egyptian constitution! The state of the agitation is very well shown by an incident which Mr. Swift told me which happened in his school (government boys school). When the news of the prime minister's death was brought, the boys cheered. It will be interesting to see how the British will deal with the situation.

Tuesday, February 22, 1910


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  • Classification
    Documentation-Expedition diary pages
  • Department
    Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition
  • Credit Line
    Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition
  • Display Page Dates
    02/21/1910; 02/22/1910
  • Mentioned on page
    Butros Ghali (Pasha)
    Mr. Swift
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942

Tombs and Monuments 1

Photos 1

People 4

Ancient People

  • Menkaure

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Fifth king of Dynasty 4. Son of Khafre. Husband of Khamerernebti II. Builder of the Third Pyramid at Giza. Known two thousand years later by the Greeks as King Mycerinus.

Modern People

  • Butros Ghali (Pasha)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Christian Prime Minister of Egypt, killed by a nationalist.
  • George Andrew Reisner

    • Type Author
    • Nationality & Dates American, 1867–1942
    • Remarks Egyptologist, archaeologist; Referred to as "the doctor" and "mudir" (Arabic for "director") in the excavation records. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.
  • Mr. Swift

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Head of government boys' school