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April 13th
Today a long string of camels of the Highland Mt Brigade with Hong Kong Mt Battery go to Kharza Oasis – we are in support – Severe Khamsin Dust storms today – Dined with Fifes Forfar Yeomanry & had "Haggis" a real one – I'm not keen on it in the least – Back to Brigade Head Quarters today as one Brigade has gone & I'm sent to minia to enquire into mis-deeds of 2 N.Co's up there –
April 14th
[indecipherable]with the Royal North Devon Hussars – [indecipherable] dust storm over natives say it blows away the Plague & fertilizes the date palms by scattering the pollen – This has to be artificially done if palms grow far apart – if not growing in thick clumps they do not bear much fruit unless artificially the pollen is spread from tree to tree


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