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Dec 2nd

up here as the Dr would not pass her yesterday. I was hoping to be on the bridge going through the canal, but am afraid I am doomed to disappointment.
One of the guards called on a boat (that was coming along side) us to halt some time during the night & as the boat did not stop quick enough to suit him he fired a shot over him which brought the boat to a halt very lively. as it happened the boat contained the pilot that was going through the canal with us & he went ashore again & it was 1.30 before we could get a pilot & lift anchor.

I was rather surprised when we got in close to Suez to see what a fine place it is; & the canal can hardly be realised without seeing it. It is guarded right along by Indian native troops. every camp we come to we ask them who they are & I have forgotten

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