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Fri 31st
Left Ezbet-Soo-Doon at 8.30 this morning & had a good trip back as the day was not too hot; Had coffee at one of the native villages & was no sooner on the barge to cross the Canal when Darkie took fright & jumped into the Canal & took me with him but had only to swim a couple of yards to get on the barge again;

A lad was having a sleep in the barley this afternoon & woke up to find a 3 foot snake around his arm; two other snakes were killed as they came out of the old wall, & another was killed in one of tents last night so they are pretty plentiful, also got a centipede in our bed tonight The extra patrols have been taken off from tonight; Fleas are very bad bad here but are not troubled with lice

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