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evening; to-day has been rather hot, but the nights get quite chilly here coming on morning;

Sun 17th
Rose at midnight last night & left Bir-El-Abd at 1.30 arrived at Hod –El-Salmana at daybreak watered our horses here & pushed on arriving at our destination 18 miles from Bir-El-Abd & 7 from Bir-El-Mazur where the Turks are entrenched at 10 AM. We could hear the Artillery guns banging away all the morning as we came out & at & oclock this afternoon we heard the attack was a failure as the Turks were too strongly entrenched to be driven back; The 2nd & 3rd Brigade attacked & had very few

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