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"The perspiration is pouring out of mc, and I have a bottle of raspberry something to try and keep mc cool. I don't think I -will ever .be able to live in a cold climate again, andthe reports of howling southerlies send a shudder through one. It is like the thrust of a Ghurka kukri between the shoulder blades Hero it is hot all the time. Even when it is raining you can't wear a great-coat. We use our oil-sheete as overcoats. .'.. . The other night I , was on seniry when slumbering Night 1 was ruffled from her sleep, and 1 watched the great yellow sun shoot its radiance abovo the horizon, then came a tip of the, purest gold, and glint.through the drowsy palms. Always at the break of day. a breeze from the ocean, arrives. It disturbs the coconut palms, which make a- rustling - noise as though' they were unwillingly waking up to the glare and turmoil of another day. It was lovely and cool. 1 . V. I saw the stars disappear one by one, as though.switched'off by an unseen hand. It wai all beautiful and wonderful.) ... * ; • • "The other night we had just turned in when someone, yelied 'Centipede! , and sure enough .: there .was a, beaufcy about six. inches long. ■_ We have hi.m in a bottle of spirits. It is the first one w e have caught in the Club (the German Club whe.ro the Engineers are camped). Sofar we hare been very fortunate. Nothing worse than 2-incli cockroaches have been crawling over tour faces at nighC. •We had-a visit from H.M.S. Encounter some time ago to get tliecoal left by the GeVmans. . . It is a lazy man's job working in the tropics,* as the hours are " necessarily sftiort during which' it is safe to work. There is some talk of teaching us all to ride, as when we leave here to go back , to New Zealand we will bo 'formed into a mounted company. Everyone seems to know that we will be out of this before long. . We got it straight from headquarters that the Engineers and l> !. Battery would be the first to leave, but that would not be '.until after the 61y , Horse and Greasy Cow (Scharnhorst and I Gneisenau) werecaptured (a cbnsummai tion since effected). We have just had ! the first tea cooked on our range, and they turned out jam tarts. Everyone cheered the cook when he brought them up and stood by anxiously waiting the verdict.. It does not take much to make us happy—the slightest thins does. Jam tarte sent us crazy—they were;so I homelike aud un-Samoan. I have just I been called away. One of our, fellows I is going home, and they are giving him a bit of a send-off. It touches you up a bit when all the returns go marching down to the ship -with:the . Regimental Band heading them."—Extract from a trooper's letter.-
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