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Bombardier A. R. Jacobson, writing from Ismalia, says :— '•Once more we have shifted as you will see by the above, and are in the spot from which De Lesseps superin tended the cutting of the canal In fact, I had a good look round the houpe which he oooupied here, and it is still in good repair and covered with gorgeous creepers now at their finest and brightest. The township itself, like all Egyptian cities, has the native and white quarters, the former, if possible, even more filthy than Cairo, ! but the latter, mostly occupied by Greeks, is beautifully laid out with a square in the centre from which all the streets radiate, and where aoaoias luxuriate, and are just at present covered with oreepere gorgeous beyond description, owing, no doubt, to the canal which skirts the edge of the town. We were dumped down in loose sand about midnight a day or two ago, and are just beginning to get our bearings. No passes to the town are given for after 5 p m., so we hays to amuse ourselves in oamp. To day was my first day out, after being on the sick list a week, and I went into town for a bathe in the canal, The water was fairly cold, but it was lovely to get water all round me again after sponge baths. Afterwards we wan dered through the gardens and watched tennis, and I now have an invitation to play (racquets provided). The town itself once seen is always seen, and so monotonous tbat without the bathes and tennis I would not trouble to go into it."

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NEW ZEALANDERS IN EGYPT., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3528, 17 March 1916

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NEW ZEALANDERS IN EGYPT. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3528, 17 March 1916

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