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The following Letters received from the mounted men at the Kowai Btifb camp seem hopeful in the face of the bad weather experienced. We print below two letters that huVJ been ro ceived :—

"Wβ have had fairly bad weather since Saturday night, and about hall the fellows in camp have got colds, but it hag cleared up again now, and there is every appearance of a frost to night* The last day or two we have had to swim round our horses to feed them, but now they have ebifted tb> horse lines to a cleaner place. Two of us have boh bought gum boots, and are able to keep quite dry They have a goad many horses on the sick lines, and last night three of them died, one being valued at £30. Our* officers don't seem to be so strict about our gear as they have been at other catnpa. They have only in speefced us once, that was on Sunday morning when they came round in the rain and inspected our tent and all our kit. The officer congratulated Corporal Bruce, wbc is in charge of our 'tent, and told, him that it waa a credit to the squadron. Iα spite of the bad weather, I'm having a "tip top" time, and, everyoue telta me that I am j picking up in sonaition. 1 intended to . ' 4 i to night, but we all bad to v %sign our pay paperp, ,and now it .getting laic, so 1 will leave it to you to tell him that'his horse is looking well and going well, and that it is being well looked after,. Every night after the, horses have finished their chaff they are given an armful of bay, and are exercised three times a day. The food we are getting is very good, and there is plenty of it, so can you wonder at me picking up in condition.'*

"I suppose you are wondering how we are doiDg. By jove we had a pretty rough time last night and the night befoie. I was on picket iasfc night, but my luck was in for I struck the first beat from seven to nine, but when I went off my boots were foil of water. Three horses died last night on the sick line?. There is some talk of breaking up camp if it rains tonight, It is looking very black. Borne of us sont down to Christchurch and got some gum boots sent up, so we will be able to keep our feet dry. The food so far has been decent Tell —— we have bad stew about four times, and I have had some every time, so that is not so bad for me. The only thipg I can't tackle is the pudding—the look of it is enough for me, Wβ all had to sign the pay sheet to night, so that seems as if we are getting near the end. There are a terrible lot of men on the sick list now. There is one out of nearly every tent I have a bit of a cold, but I think I will be alright. • is getting fat, He is by far the biggest eater in our tent, Well, I muss close now and get to bed for I am dash tiied."

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THE KOWAI CAMP., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4392, 1 May 1914, Incorrect date

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THE KOWAI CAMP. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4392, 1 May 1914, Incorrect date

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