[20th September 1916] many miles. It is slow work; this snail-pace across the lake. We must be off early tomorrow morning if we hope to reach Hakika by night. A strange sunset this evening; low over the water was a leaden belt of dust above which peeped a yellow sunset gleam. The yellow faded upward into a lovely rosey blush passing as it rose to the zenith into the dark firmamental blue.
Thursday: September 21 st. 1916: Hamar Lake
Failed to reach Hakika to-night. Away at 4 a.m. The wind was cold, especially for the Arabs towing ahead, waist deep in the water. Progress was very slow. We poled or towed all the morning, rested during the heat of the day and continued again in the cool of the evening. I do not think we covered more than eight miles.
Had a long chat this evening with my Arab interpreter. A Parsee, the Shiah interpreter and myself discussed the tenets