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[Page 55]

Dec 1st

guards are on watch all night working shifts, so there is 75 armed men ready to retaliate if we are fired on; I am on the bridge from 4 till eight & stand a chance of seeing some fun at day-break, the worst of it is the signallers will make a lovely target on the bridge & we cannot have the satisfaction of firing back, but I guess by the time our turn comes, they will be satisfied; & we may go through without hearing a shot fired. No one is allowed to sleep on deck to-night, it is rather cool with this breeze blowing, to sleep on deck at anyrate; I bought 2 boxes of Turkish 2/- delight, also two packets of cigarettes (at 3d per packet, the same brand of cigarettes 1/- in Sydney off some natives who came out in a boat selling all sorts of things.

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