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Saturday 8 December 1917

Malta still. We visited the underground vaults of grain & forage 7 years supply as Malta has little good soil in fact years ago every ship had to buy a certain amount of soil as Harbour dues.

Then we went to St. Paul's Cathedral in the old Capital 8 miles by rail. Cette Vecchia or NOTABILE or MEDINA according to the Arab reign or Spain. The Paintings & Marble Statuary etc. is beyond anything I have ever seen. Not least interesting was one of the Silver Crosses of the Crusaders brought from Jerusalem.

Outside the Children were making the Malta lace, with PINS & wooden bobbins, a quaint country of BELLS, SMELLS, & YELLS. Many Churches & much cruelty to animals. Went Opera again Rigoletto.

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