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Suez to Port Said. The land on each side of the ditch is one desolate stretch of sand. No wonder the camel gets a hump living in such wastes. The steamer has its course mapped out by buoys, the edge of the canal is finished by a slope of stones 2 or 3 feet high a footpath runs along above this and then there is another small ridge of sand. Beyond this the sandy plain runs away to the sandy hills upon the horizon. At very short intervals we passed fortfied camps occupied by "British Indian Troops" as they yelled to us. They looked very wild & picturesque

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