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to leave. The girls podded the red berries which I am sending out to you. They left one pod in the box to let you see how they grew. The berries are consided as tokens of good-luck by the blacks and can be threaded on a string if a red-hot hat pin is used to bore a hole in them. We promised to write to these people again & to call there on our return trip.
Our orders had been that we should sail at 1 o'clock but the sea was so stormy that we could not put out & stayed there another day, but I was on town picquet and so was on duty nearly all the time the rest were on leave. Our headquarters were the police-barracks, which we could not leave, but the

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