Introduction Settling Certain Details Coming to a Deal

  • Maurits W. Ertsen


Khartoum, Monday, February 18, 1907, at ten past six in the late afternoon to be exact, it was “all over now”; Charles William Lee Crompton had fallen victim to a fatal illness.1 Born in 1860, Crompton had been superintendent of the Gezira Surveys between 1902 and 1907. It was his task—with his team of assistants—to survey the Gezira Plain to clarify the boundaries and dimensions of the many properties on it. The country in Gezira was dusty to such an extent that the tablecloth would be “quite brown” after a meal—“when you lift a plate there is a clean or cleaner circle.”2 More than once, Crompton was trapped in a habub (sandstorm). Despite sand, heat, lack of water—“often a bath was a luxury that could not be afforded”—and “the destructive powers of the white ant” destroying the wooden markers, Crompton proceeded with his work.3


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