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Dec 5th

on. The lads were celebrating the last night on the Star of Victoria last night & there were a good many rather the worse for beer; during the night one of the lads either jumped overboard for a joke) or fell over, his name is Anthony Dawson or some such name) he swam around
I just heard his mates hat was blown overboard & he jumped in after it & swam around to the gangway & brought in on board. he must have been pretty merry to hop overboard with the water as cold as it was.

I was rash enough to give 1/- for 4 handkerchiefs at dinner time. also to buy 5 packets of cigarettes for 1/- so I have been splashing. it is marvellous how cheap articles can be bought here & we derive a good deal of sport cutting prices with the natives. I believe we will be proper jaws when we get home. I speculated 6d on

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