THE WAR IN EGYPT.
The Standard's correspondent telegraphed on Sunday night: -
The expedition from Fort Meks this afternoon resulted in a skirmish. The principle object in view was the blowing up of a quantity of gun cotton, which was known to have been left by the enemy in a village four miles from the front. The party consisted of about 200 marines, under Major PHILLIPS, and a party of seamen, with one gun, under Lord Charles BERESFORD.
Preceeded by skirmishers, the party reached the village where the gun cotton was stored without interruption. The country appeared to be clear of enemies, but the marines were thrown out around the village while the blue jackets prepared to blow up the cotton. The first explosion was successful, but while they were getting ready for the second a large number of Bedouin cavalry suddenly appeared from behind some sand hills which had concealed them from sight, and charged down upon the village.
The marines at once fell into rallying order, but only just in time, for the horsemen came down at full speed. The marines were as steady as rocks, and opened a heavy fire upon the horsemen who swept round them. They fully occupied the attention of the bedouins until the blue jackets and the marines from the other side of the village came up.
When the whole party were united, the Bedouins fell back before their fire. A round from the 7-pounder completed their discomfiture, and they galloped off to the sand hills. Immediately these were covered by the enemies infantry, who opened fire, and for a short time range shots were exchanged.
Our work being now done, the party returned to Fort Meks. There was no casualties on our side. The enemies loss is unknown. The officers present speak very warmly of the perfect steadiness of the Marines under this sudden charge of a large body of the enemy's cavalry.