Series 01: Anne Donnell circular letters, 25 May 1915 - 8 July 1918 - Page 12

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from Colonel not to – that was rather a disappointment as several wanted to go to Kandy, Mt Lavinia & other beauty spots – anyway all soon fell to & made the most of things. Everything was so interesting – how those natives beat anything I ever struck for sharpness – There was the many oriental shops to see - the rickshaw rides down to the Cinnamon Gardens, back to the Galle Face Hotel for dinner – another rickshaw ride along by the seaside – afternoon tea - a little more shopping when we found things greatly reduced – then back on board by 6pm.
No one was allowed in the streets after 6pm . We saw several shops that had been battered to pieces. Several were closed & trade generally at a standstill. Our people all suffering in consequence as having an over full ward boat some supplies had run out especially in the soft drink line – Now we have to wait for Bombay.
There were numbers more passengers came on & where they are all stowed is a mystery. Amongst those taken on are a number of Japanese boys going home to study for Doctors. We seem to have every nationality on board "barring Germans". The little stowaway was handed over to the Colombo police.

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