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although of course they spoke French quite fluently & asked me many questions about Australia & Australians during our little journey of 3 kilomètres.
Before leaving my "friends in need", I managed to surprise them with the few words of Italian I have picked up. At Beaumont I only stayed a few minutes & after having to undergo the ordeal of embracing the whole family & receiving all sorts of good wishes, etc. etc. took my departure.
Wednes. 28" June
Today the loading of the equipment & stores on to the train has been commenced. It is raining steadily [indecipherable] at 7 a.m. so that matters are not improved by the "dew from heaven" – a lot of our stuff such as blankets & clothing being done up in bales.

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