Hostile Arabs occupied the villages

TCD MS 10515 folio 110 verso

TCD MS 10515 folio 110 verso

were now pouring through the breach. Universal opinion was that “an enemy hath done this”. They sought to worry us by turning the floods on to our camps. Moreover the ground on which we had pitched camp was one of their most fertile areas, so they endeavoured to satisfy their revenge for a double injury; the occupation of their country and the ruination of their cros.
On leaving my tent in the morning I found the water creeping in upon us; it was already lapping the perimeter of our camp. I went to see the breach in the embankment. The water poured through in a rushing torrent. In the breach it was waist deep and, roaring through the broken dam, it was