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22 May 1918 Wednesday
Had a Bath & lunch with my old friend the Military Governor of Bethlehem.
Then attended a Municipal Council meeting [indecipherable], Bedouins etc: in national dress, the President an old rogue & the Scribe with one eye, Books all "cooked," but very neatly ruled & covered with big seals- written in Arabic, commencing at back of book & like shorthand [indecipherable]. The trouble was Turkish money had been accepted by Municipality in payment of Rates, Taxes after proclamation that Turks notes were not legal tender- Village was swept & we sat in a circle of heavily upholstered chairs full of Fleas- A Gendarme in old Turkish Uniform kept order- Coffee & Cigarettes- all the time.

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