Some skirmishes occurred between these insurgents and the government troops, the latter generally obtaining the advantage in these encounters.
A month of harassing skirmishes ensued, during which the Egyptian troops showed their mettle at Mograka, where 200 of them held the fort against a superior number of dervishes, and in combats at Ambigol, Kosha and Firket.
But after a few skirmishes they melted away, and Menelek was obliged to submit and do obeisance to John.
Towards the end of the year 1900 the war entered on a new phase, and took the form of guerilla skirmishes with scattered forces of marauding Boers.
The pleasures of a roving life, enlivened by occasional skirmishes with forces organized and led by Spanish officials, gained upon them.