By degrees the battalions and squadrons began to move forward towards akasha.
Advancing beyond their frontier, they have established themselves at akasha.
Eventually the lovers separated, to meet again a few days later at akasha, where it chanced that their ships touched each other.
Even now they push their iron road out into the desert towards their position at akasha and to the south.
The country beyond akasha had been thoroughly reconnoitred and mapped to within three miles of the Dervish position.
The line of communications from Cairo, the permanent base, to the advanced post at akasha was 825 miles in length.
Wady Atira was reached on the 18th, Tanjore on the 19th, and on the 20th the column marched into akasha.
It was lucky that the Dervishes did not harass the communications, or assail akasha before it was fortified.
The first military necessity of the war was, as has been described, to place the bulk of the Egyptian army at akasha.
The first duty, therefore, which the Engineer officers had to perform was the reconstruction of the line from Sarras to akasha.