[Thursday 24 February 1916]
Well we fed with Pasha taking our revolvers in one Pocket This man is a Copt & on the Walls in Picture frames were Texts in Arabic-
"Do unto others as tho' you "were going to live 1000 years"
"The head of Wisdom is to fear "God" etc & etc:-
Arabic looks like a glorified shorthand commencing on the wrong side of the page ie from right to left-
The War office gives a 50/- BONUS for any soldier who learns to read & write Arabic- I'm not a starter-
These old Pashas & Boys have a lot of native courting /COURTESY & do us well in Coffee & Cigars