During a sharp contest with a horde of Arab tribesmen

TCD MS10516 folio 58 recto

TCD MS10516 folio 58 recto

[12th October 1916] ily detected. Night after night we observe with pleasure the changing position of these moons as they revolve in endless cycle.

Natural History
I will here collect the scanty observations on the subject of Natural History made during the hot Season.

Mules. Another incident displays the magnificent determination of these animals. During a sharp contest with a horde of Arab tribesmen, eight of our regimental mules were wounded. All these mules marched back to camp, a distance of some four miles*; yet one of them had a shattered pastern and another was so severely injured in the abdomen that it lay down and died on its arrival. Animals that will labour between the shafts of a waggon till
*carrying their saddlery and equipment on their backs