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wooden stairs, then rattled the chains, two or three more steps, then a dismal sort of howl, then some more chain. Some of the chaps were more scared than they cared to say but the daylight spoilt the joke to a big extent, and Syd's ghost is universally known in the battalion.

26th The boys when they go out anywhere in the train write their name & address on a piece of paper and say they are "Lonely Soldiers" and would like a letter etc. & throw them out the windows to the damsels on the Station All sorts of replies are returned. Proposals of marrige

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