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in a strange land among strange races of people whose morals were far from righteous, they [indecipherable]. The niggers were dirty and dishonest and although pleasant enough at times were untrustworthy. The familiarity of the Australians to the Egyptians and the other races only brought about contempt, & naturally enough they had not a good word for our boys. The French and Egyptian girls disgraced themselves upon thousands of our men who fell to their disgraceful coquetry. Partly for this reason and various other complaints the lads in a mood of drunken delight and anger set fire to several buildings which were burnt to the ground. They cut the fire hoses, threw stones at

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