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arrived on the banks of the Nile alright & found there is a first class feasting place here with extensive grounds & dinners served out if wanted in the shade of trees on the grounds; it is a lovely place & of course we had to have cool drinks here & am writing this here & enjoying a cigar at the same time, putting in time until 4 P.M. (time to go back)
the Nile waters are within 100 yds of us, we are forbidden to swim in the Nile as a fever is caught by bathing in it. My opinion of Cairo has changed to-day & I think it is one of the nicest cities I have been in, so long as one keeps away from the low quarters. Some of the transport men have arrived here on draught horses & leading
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