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for a couple of months.
The officers live in absolute luxury- Cabins and umpteen niggers to wait on them. They can obtain a whisky and soda for the asking- and loll about in smoke rooms till all hours of the night while we ordinary common-o-garden diggers have our tongues hanging out for the want of a glass of beer. About 10am ship weighed anchor and pulled out of the inner harbour- as we passed down the stream, all the ships in the harbour commenced blowing their hooters and the men aboard the Italian war ships cheered lustily.
We eventually passed through a huge gate like the gates

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