[Jan 23rd 1916]awaiting us. Perusal of home letters and papers followed by lunch occupied us while the men settled down on camp. Owing to the danger of infection from cases of mumps and measles being treated in the depot we pushed in another half a mile and encamped near the polo ground on a delightful smooth and grassy plain. Tonight the rain pours down. Save for a single heavy shower in September last, this is the first downpour for nine months. It means much to us; it means the promise of a morning bright and fresh with a cold nip in the sharp air; an atmosphere cleansed of the fine dust that dims the sky and the sands that whirl aloft in the heavens brought down with moisture to the earth.