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oranges too.

At mid-day the coaling begins The niggers are as black as the coal with clothing scant & ragged – when the barges come near pennies are thrown down & I have never seen anything so funny as the scrambling for them & the din of gibberish is terrific which keeps up all the time of coaling. I was thankful when they struck at 6 p.m. & diddn't come back until 6 a.m.

The Herdfordshire sailed gleefully passed us this afternoon – and the Ullysses has caught up & anchored near

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