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After visiting Philae, we took the felucca again & sailed to the Assouan [Aswan] dam which we inspected. It is a fine piece of work & is about 1½ miles long. The wall is not very high but very strong & thick. It backs the water up for a huge distance behind, so that is why it hasn't to be so high as Burren Juck. I had a letter of introduction to Mr Walker one of the engineers here, so we were all asked down to his house where we had refreshments. The staff have a little township of their own with nice gardens & cottages. It must be very lonely for them there, I should imagine. In summer it is exceedingly hot & each year the staff get 3 months leave to England. Mr & Mrs Walker wanted us to stay for lunch but we didn't have sufficient time. We mounted our donkeys again & started for the quarries where most of the obelisks, statues etc were cut. It is a wonderful how they got

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