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sleeping; A telegraph line runs through Qatia, Oghratina, Hod-El-Debabis & it is said goes through to Jerusalem. we use this line when it suits us probably the Turks do the same. & that accounts for numerous breaks in the line & the line is kept in perfect order from Debakis in our side of the country & we make sure it is cut on the eastern side of where we are speaking to prevent the Turks hearing us;

We leave here at 10.30 tonight to proceed to Bir-El-Abd about 6 miles east of Debabis where our aeroplane reports Turks are camped, & I received orders this evening from Capt Downing to repair the line as we go, & get into communication as soon as we arrive, with Bde H.Q which will be at Debabis; The wells here have been greatly improved & watered all the horses of the Bde without much delay

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