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We were taking our course round the cape, and on the 26th February we arrived at Sierra Leone which is an important gold mining & palm oil centre. The weather there was dreadfully hot. The place has always been known to be the white man's grave. Six months active service there is counted as a year's service. Sierra Leone is greatly being used now as a meeting place for transports and warships. The inhabitants are very black, well built, and have very flat noses. I drew a sketch of the place as it appeared from our transport. Leave was granted from

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