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And still the "Southland" was afloat.

Within three minutes of the time she was struck a decided list to port was evidenced and a corresponding tilt down at the nose and this increased as time went on, which was all the more appreciable from my post of vantage for the more she sank at the nose the more we rose at the stern.

Meanwhile the conduct of the 1400 troops on board was to say the least of it praiseworthy – there was no confusion, no unnecessary hustling although mind you, any man who lingered on his way to his allotted station stood an excellent chance of shewing skinned heels on the morrow, but one and all from the highest rank on board to the latest recruit displayed that wonderful feeling that characterises

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