[April 28th 1916] for a Mahela have not been satisfactory so we leave behind a party under a B.O. to bring along some extra bit kit when he can obtain a boat. I make the following note for future remembrance. Stored in Basra:
(1). One kit bag.
(2). One sword
(3). One bundle of Syces kit
I am delighted to be off. Far out in the open desert there should be new objects, new scenes, new thoughts, new experiences. Natural History in Basra I here collect the observations of Natural Historical interest, made while in Basra. Palm Groves. The first object that invites attention is the fringe of wood that flanks the river. It is composed almost entirely of palm trees. From the main stream broad creeks and nar-