188 THE EGYPTIAN PROBLEM I '4 it has become necessary to establish communications steamer with the southern provinces. In the present state of the river, this has necessitated the opening of sli gates at Assiut and Assuan. . . ." April 1 : " Sixteen mobile columns are operating Lower Egypt. . . ." April 4: " The activity of the mobile columns in Delta has been further extended and regular lines of c country patrols have been established between the i railways and roads. In addition to the mobile colu] armed trains are patrolling the railways and water-pa have been established on the rivers and canals. . . . "\ the active co-operation of the civil authorities, coudil in the Delta are rapidly returning to the normal; the cou is being cleared of brigands who before the present disturba existed largely by blackmailing the law-abiding classes. The railway is restored as far south as Beba, and trains from Minieh to Assuan. . . ." April 5 : "It may be stated that owing to the destruc of stations and signalling apparatus both in Upper Lower Egypt, it must be long before the railways can < with normal passenger and goods traffic. The destructio lamps at present irreplaceable must also greatly reduce possibilities of night working. Furthermore the repai the Delta Light Bailway and of certain branch lines i await the return of really settled conditions. E-ai] communication between Cairo and Minia is restored. . April 10 : " In the provinces the work of re-insta the civil authorities is almost everywhere complete, certain localities it has been possible, owing to the retui normal conditions, to relax the restrictions on move* after dark. . . ." April 11 : "All seems to be quiet throughout Egypt. . These quotations might be considerably ampli for it was not till April 18th that Major-General S to whom had been entrusted the restoration of orde Upper Egypt, reached Assuan, and occasional ontbri of violence and some cases of armed resistance occu even later. But the rebellion had been scotched by end of March. In three weeks it had strewn Egypt ^ .wreckage. A sum of £E.1,000,000 has been allo in this year's Budget for the compensation of inno sufferers, but it represents only a small part of the dan remaining at Assiut to restore order in that neighbourhood. . . . Major-General Sir John Shea is moving south from Wasta with a strong column of all arms, restoring order as he goes. . . ."