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VOYAGE TO EGYPT

LIFE: ON A TRANSPORT. A letter received by Judge Moule., of Melbourne, from his son, a member of the First Expeditionary Force, tells something of tho lifo on "board a troopship while on the trip to Egypt. The. writer aays : "A squadron has been vaccinated 48 hours. A beautiful set of arms wo have. Ran into a squall day before yesterday — many more flattened. A cruiser i-vanicd down tho lines from for'ard to-day—very imposing. Had to stand lo attention whilo she passed. Have- hc-n watching the lights romiiKr up on the different ships—most poetic. Don't supjiose there, has been seen such a fleet in the Indian Ocean. Ordinary routine of physical and musketry drill continues. Lecture on sanitation last night. "Tho medley of sound in the troopdeck is astounding—mouth-organs., penny whistles, gramophones, and the trumpeter teaching his mate. Saw Hying fish for the first time. Bayonet exercise this morning, afterwards kit inspection--much for one's clothing seems to pet moist when Fhut up so long. ■* Firo drill this afternoon. The troopdock is like hell, with all the ventilators closed, and the wind sail pulled in. Am one of the noble band of firemen. We are gotting the first taste of -tropical beat. Jt will be very hard drilling in the .sun. Am bursting for some literature, but, cannot get hold of any. Pay day to-morrow. Tho"fellows aro sitting round picturing a mcxil they would order at the. Fr.-.nca-tclli—.somo ideas are extraordinary. Have been mesa orderly for three days—a trying game with tho heat.

"Intense excitement yesterday when our escort engaged the enemy. Our escorts were, flying round in all directions. Tremendous relief when news came that Emden had struck. Had meant, to do n lot of writing this week, but have no pen. and lightH are out at 6 p.m. We have a very busy time—got. to draw rations and nie;ile. sin A keep tables and floor clean. Have had time to do a. lot of washing for myself whilo on orderly, and can have a.'shower (salt) four times a day. Were paid the. other day ; Is a day is what we tret."

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VOYAGE TO EGYPT, Issue 15685, 26 December 1914

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VOYAGE TO EGYPT Issue 15685, 26 December 1914

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