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grapes, melons and soft drinks, of which we secured a good supply. I am therefore in the position of knowing how uncomfortable one can become sitting on the burning desert devouring water melons. The natives dress in all kinds of quaint and coloured costumes, "slightly" different to those seen on "the Black" Sydney. The crops which abound, owe their success to irrigation, the water being run through wide creek like drains from the River Nile. At different points along the line, Indian and Egyptian troops were posted, who either stood to attention or waved in an excited manner, as we went by. The latter were mounted on camels, they being members of the Egyptian Camel Corps.

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