Item 01: Frank Valentine Weir letter diary, 19 December 1914-31 December 1915 - Page 269

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September, 1915
Monday 27
Paid 5/- = 25 Piastres to go to an Arab wedding in the native quarter here – On arrival introduced to Bridegroom & given Coffee – All Red flags with Egyptian crescent & grandious Tapestry Curtains, House built of sundried bricks, no windows, flat roof on which the fowls were roosting – filthy Gappers or Native Police armed with "Sniders" kept the crowd in order among the crowd were many faces one sees on stain glass windows of Churches – High Priests sat on raised divans with shoes off & chanted I suppose "The voice that breathed o'er Eden" to accompaniment of Handclapping and Tambourines –
The Bridgegroom was taken into a bathroom & well scrubbed all over he looked most unhappy tho' everyone else clapped & shouted.

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