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~Ahead of that, welcome to Part Five of our new series Tales for Our Time. This first tale is an audio serialization of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 1897 novel The Tragedy of the Korosko. When we left our band of complacent westerners, a routine tourist excursion had just been interrupted by the sight of an approaching group of Mahdists - the Isis of the late 19th century. As Conan Doyle observes:
They were herded in at the base of the Abousir rock, this little group of modern types who had fallen into the rough clutch of the seventh century—for in all save the rifles in their hands there was nothing to distinguish these men from the desert warriors who first carried the crescent flag out of Arabia.
And if you're "modern types" the notion that you could be threatened by anything so fiercely un-modern seems preposterous - then as now:
"I'm done!" he whispered, as the Colonel ran to his aid, and then he lay still, with his china-white cheek against the black stones. When, but a year before, he had wandered under the elms of Cambridge, surely the last fate upon this earth which he could have predicted for himself would be that he should be slain by the bullet of a fanatical Mohammedan in the wilds of the Libyan Desert.
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