WITH THE NEW ZEALAND FORCES
IMPRESSIONS OF EGYPT.
Tbe following extracts from letters written by Sergeant-Major Quarterly, now in Egypt, bave been kindly handed to us, and we publish tbe following extracts :— "Here we are having no end of a good time. We are in camp on a great sandy place just outside Cairo, a very large camp indeed. All New Zealand, 8000, 3000 English Lan cashire regiment; then we have a regiment of London Yeomany and one Hertfordshire regiment, Yeomany, be sides Australian and Indian troops; altogether 100,000. The weather is something lovely, cold nights but very hot days. We run about with nothing on, and it is midwinter. We are very comfortable indeed; everything is very cheap, bo tbat we can have a real good time and not cost us a lot of money Ditely. has just been up for an hour. I bave been on duty to night so have not yet been out of doors to see anything, There are some mag nificent bouses here, quite different from anything we bave ever seen. Tbe houses are all flat roofs and no chimneys. By jove they are really grand. There are plenty of Europeans living here, but more French and wealthy natives. It is no wonder all tbe .wealthy English come here for the winter. Coming up from. Alex
andria we saw lots of native mud vil
[ages, such a contrast to tbe cities. One can scarcely describe them by writing. I hope if we are here any time to be able to get some views and send you. Somehow I do not think we will ever get any further than this Hundreds of camels and donkeys are here, some' sheep and cows, a rather different kind to tbe English I saw a shepbeed leading his flock (not driving tbem) one evening, and it reminded me of the Holy Land proper. The sunrjses and sunsets are beautiful here, very little wipd and rain. The only drawback is that the nights are very cold. We turn out at /5 a.m., ] breakfast 8 am., dinner 12.30, tea 5,14, p.m., lights out 10 p.m." Another letter written od Christmas Eve gives an account of the ride through Cairo mentioned by our regular correspondent in a previous letter; —
"VVo rumed out this n.orniotj a 740 am., and the New Zealand mounted men rode through Cairo. We marched past tbe General, and then wpnt through about four miles of the slums where all the natives live.
CiitTH was ooj.hina but little shnpq, n windows or dnor.-', about half the pijs. of our kitchen, no more where thf-y made all sorts ot things. blacksmith eating houses, cigarette makers, ca» pentere, the sweets they call Turkic ieligbt, dirty little kids, fowls, goatsfliea and ail ports flicking about ano running everywhere. Such a diny filthy place you' could not possibly - * imagine 'All the bouses in tbat quai* ter appear to be in ruins, built on mud ,nd >übbi*b. It is a sight I would not have misled for anything and 1 shall never forget it. The better class part of Cairo is really very beautiful, lovely bouses, and tbe town close t< where we are camped is very nice indeed. There are far better and largeibuildings here than I bave ever eeeD in England and elsewhere All bavt flat roofs and no chimneys. I do noi know what kind of fires they use '*
Writing on Christmas Eve, Ser geant Major Quartly adds: •"We bad a very nice dinner. Tbe colonel came up and had his photo graph taken with us first. Then we had a driDk, and we all drank the compliments of tbe Beason. He is a very nice gentleman, and we all like him very tauch, He wished us a Merry Christmas, and hoped tbat we should not be all together next Christ" mas, but back in our own homes again. I thought it very nice of bun, Tbe ODiuion is tbat the war won'
East a long time, and I don't ihink somehow it will. It will be eithe soon over or it will take a very long time,"
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WITH THE NEW ZEALAND FORCES, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3479, 19 February 1915