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Dec 2nd

passed a French boat & it is the first time since leaving Albany we have seen a white lady without the aid of glasses, they were throwing kisses to us as far as we could see them, but I was not lucky enough to catch any.
We fell in for parade after dinned but were dismissed for a spell every time we were approaching soldiers or houses on the banks & as that was every few minutes, no work was done since dinner.

Some of the officers told us that we may be fighting inside 3 or 4 days & may not get to Cairo, so we are all in the best of spirits in anticipation of a fight. We heard to-night that Greece had declared war on Turkey yesterday; 80,000 Greeks landed in Asia Minor, Turks invaded Russia but were driven back into the sea

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