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AN EGYPTIAN HOSPITAL

LETTER FROM A NURSE

A letter noeived in Timaru this week from Narpn Blackmore stated that from London the Imperial autbon'ies bad sent Nurses Bowie, Dixon, Bro ■, and the writer to Egypt, where they ,• -j now busily engaged in 'The Citadel," at jjCaho, a hospital of magnificent proportions, built more than «. hundred years ago by the Khedive of Egypt. It has Epaoioue wards with marble floors and elaborately hand painted walls, Thetuild' injs covers some aoree. A story which the Egyptians have concerning it is to the effect that the artist responsible for the deoorations had bis eyee gouged out, that the architect who planned it was murdered, and that all the wortemen engaged in its construction were invited to a feast and poisoned, bo that there might neter be another building to equal it. Nurse Blackmore gays that the 1 ofpital ig splendidly equipped in every respect, and the nurses are provided with fine rcoiuF. Good wholeeome food was provided, and plenty of it. For come days they found tho weather almost unbearably hot, but they were told that it was nothing like what it wnuld be later on- The heat of the sun, the fine white sand, and the light coloured buildings all combined, were very hard on the eyee, and it was not safe to go out with out a sunshade for fear of sunstroke.

There were about 500 beds in the hospital and the nurses had necessarily to work long hnurs -- from 7 a.m. to 8 p ra., exoept on every other day when they were given from 2 pm. oft. There was a New Zealand hoe pita! in Cairo with New Zealand doctors in it. Nurses were needed badly in Egypt. It was beart-breaking to see many of tbe wounded, and tbe nurses sll felt they cou'd not do enough for them There were Eome who bad been there three, and others who have been there for five months. At the time of writing they were preparing for a lot from the Dardanelles.

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AN EGYPTIAN HOSPITAL, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3467, 22 June 1915

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AN EGYPTIAN HOSPITAL Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3467, 22 June 1915

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