WITH THE NEW ZEALAND FORCES.
EXPERIENCES FROM PENINSULA VOLUNTEER. Heliopolis, December 9. Very few English people are to be seen here in the day time, but French ' people and well to do Egyptians are to be seen everywhere. Motor cars are very numerous. The Arabs here are a dirty looking lot. I think they would knife you for Bd. They are everywhere in thousands, Tbey work
for a piastre (2.d) a dtiy, una* a lorg number are paid to olpan up camp?, horse lines', eto I must give you a few lines re tbe camp The men from Nuv Z°a!and are all camped together in apparatp. npiments of mounted nnd infantry. It is grpat walking through tbe various linei La-t nigh,t I met Dick Spooner, Lieutenant Dparsly, Pprcy Arnold (late of Wainui). Norman Yourg, who was well koowo in athletics on ibp Peninsula, and dozen's of old fiiende from all parts of New Zpalard. Wet and dry canteens are in all of tbe camp's. You can buy poft drinks at half a piastre *lfd) and good heer at 1 piastre (2_d) per pint. Food is cheap here in tbe canteens For supper,you can gpt two fried Fggf>, a
. pi'cb of » o_.pt. ond a bun and coci-a for iwo piasire (sd), You can go to tbe .oft, drir ks faotory on the gnu iris and .pt a dnck and a bun for i2jd. C.E.M 8. tents are being erecttd or up, so altogether I think we are in clover. Of coursp, everything is new to us, but I think we are being treated better here ibun anywhero we havcumppd yet, I cannot teil you of our prcmcMve arrangement*, but we are very well prepared for an attack. Tbe c'imate here just now is pprfect. Being mid winter, it is always cool, but I suppose we will get it hot in tbe Furomer. Last night we bad a light shower, and the people here told us it was tbe first rainfall for eighteen months, and the heaviest for eleven y<ars We werp. purprised, as it was
scaiceiy enough to peifcle ihu uu.> Toe railway jcnrDey f;om, Alexandria to Caiio was,very interesting, We bad third c!ass carriages, with cross neats, and thirty eight men io each carriage, which usually holds forty six, so we were very comfortable We passed dozens of native mud village*. Tbe mud bouses are quetr affairs, and appeared to be very dirty and wet, Tbe whole country on either side of the railway is under intpnae oultiva« tion. Maize, all kinds of vegetables, orange groves, dates, cocoanuts and all sorts of fruit gardens could be eeen for mile, on each Bide. We must bave passed through about seventy miles of tbis sort of country, and I can tell you it was an eyn opener to us all. The nntixea cultivate their land with queer looking ploughs drawn by queerer looking cows, They u e e donkeys, mules and camelß to aks their produce to the towns. Tbe bole of tbe land jb irrigated by »■ ver drawn Iroro tbe Nile I believe tis rich, bta\y land stretches inland ■i r tbref bundled miles,
Tbe Engl sb soldiers here are fine men Tbey are smaller than (be New Zealanders or Australians, but are much better drilled than we are Every night tbey come up to our tents and have a yarn. Tbey are very keen on bearing all about our little country. Most of tbern urn Lancashire men, and their way of talking is very amusiDg to us. We take them off a bit, but they are good chaps and take it all in good part. One of them said to us last night, "Are all the men in New Zealand big devils like you are." We informed him that wr were the wasters, but be smiled. We are all having a ripping time here, and 1 don't care how long we stay. AM of tbe men are wanting a scrap now, but I suppose we will get enough of that later on. Am getting along well wi b the advanced signalling, and hope to be perfect by tbe time we are fit for action. No New Zealand mail has arrived for us yet, but we are still hoping. I don't know if our mail is being censored now. Hope you get tbis safely. Our writing home may be stopped any time now. All of tbe Peninsula boys are in good form. Tom Warner, Reg. Birdling, the Waghorn twins and I are in tbe same tent.
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WITH THE NEW ZEALAND FORCES., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3473, 26 January 1915