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in our wake. We slept a little as we dropped down the stream. Two sunken vessels, placed by the Turks as an obstruction in the river, were our greatest danger. Fortunately we struck the true channel and came safely between them. By 3.30 a.m. the horizon was tinged with the faintest gleam of dawn. By 4 a.m. we had reached the junction of the Gurmat Sultan canal with the main stream and from the steamer we could faintly distinguish the hazy the dawn, the towers of the Arab village that we were to surround.
Our boat, containing No. 2 and No. 3 parties swung alongside at the point in the map marked S.4. [River Euphrates]. Men, ready stripped, sprang ashore to make her fast. Planks were pushed to the bank and the Arab scouts with the section of Gurkhas, comprised in No. 2 /