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the lads jumped over the side of the boat & made themselves scarce, only two names out of eight were taken, one or two boat loads managed to get on board after 4 oclock, up a rope hung over the stern by a guard, there was no officers about so the guard helped them up; McGregor was the only signaller to get ashore but was caught on the way home.
The "fall in" went half an hour early this morning & we were marched up on the boat-deck before the Colonel who said that a lot of men had broken ship & that he would not allow any man leave in consequence & that the innocent men had to suffer for the guilty. I think the idea of the innocent suffering for the guilty rather appeals to him, but I am afraid that it does not appeal to the innocent very much.
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