[Friday 14 April 1916]
Messed with the ROYAL NORTH DEVON HUSSARS & by chance a Capt asked me if I knew Capt Charlie Brace late of Australia Artillery, who married a rich Australian an awful bounder. I let him run on & then said Yes he married my sister! Capts name Capt Ruston
Camps Duststorm is over, the Natives say it blows away the Plague & fertilises the Date Palms by scattering the Pollen, which has to be artificially done if Palms grow far apart as you know the Palms are of two sexes- & if not growing in thick clumps they do not bear much fruit unless artificially.
the Pollen is spread from Tree to Tree.