Item 02: Frank Valentine Weir letter diary, 2 January-31 December 1916 - Page 61

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[Tuesday 29 February 1916]

I had to go to Samalut & see the local Magistrate (Egyptian) re some shots fired from a Bedouin Village.
I found him in the CLUB!!! & was soon surrounded by all the colored Notables & swallowed 2 Whiskies & sodas with great skill-
Thro' an Interpreter (after much Salaaming etc) I tried to put them right about a few natives ie Maoris do not come from Australia- not any Blackfellows are in our Parliament- etc.
All Classes here are much affected by Sedition papers now being circulated, they want to govern themselves they say  €“
Tried to buy English Paper but only got an Arabic & French one which I send you

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