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16-2-16here when H.Q. move; This morning we saw a jackal from the camp amongst the tombs, also a fox; All men who are not of fatigue work here during the morning put in their time digging trenches on the ridge just above the camp; This morning a horseman was seen to ride in close enough to observe that a party of men were trench digging he must have also seen the guard on the well & then turned & rode off into the desert again; he is a mystery but must have been an enemy scout .The Mayor of the village presented us with 2 steers & two sheep, also some native bread & some eggs today, the bread is not up to much but better than biscuits it is made of native meal. This afternoon I went out with the troops on patrol & went 3 or 4 miles into the desert, & saw nothing but jackal tracks. Reid is on duty at the well tonight
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