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soon alongside & the niggers were hard at work coaling up To look down into the barges form the deck it was like looking into a huge ants' nest The niggers were running up & down long planks with baskets on their shoulders they made all the noise possible to make coal dust was over every thing Whilst we were standing at Port Said the P.O. Boat Malwa pulled in she was outward bound for Australia The coaling finished we steamed out of Port Said We passed a big French Battleship & our band played the French National Anthem & the Battleship returned our salute We were escorted by a gunboat to

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