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have a superiority of miles per hour over the fastest planes we have on this front which are the Martinsyde & Bristol; arriving in the village which consisted of only a few huts & orchards we found it deserted of natives excepting 2 men one old woman a "bint" about 18 years old & 15 young children, we found Upham & MacNamara on top of a roof & they advised us not to look through the houses as they did & only found fleas to their sorrow; Our horses have had no water since leaving Khan Yunus yesterday morning at 10 oclock so we mustered what little Arabic we knew & paid the native family a visit & told them we wanted water they offered us an earthernware

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