The hostile Arabs emerged from the village

TCD MS 10516 folio 23 verso

TCD MS 10516 folio 23 verso

[10th September 1916] of some ten miles an hour. Thus the Sheik, his cavalry and his retinue were left behind as the vessels drew down the stream. His camels, being the slowest and most encumbered portion of the Sheik’s followers, came far off in the rear. The hostile Arabs emerged from the village when they saw the ships slipping away. They galloped unobserved down the banks. The Sheik and his horsemen fled but the tardy camels were helpless in the face of pursueing [sic] cavalry. The enemy were soon amongst them; the camel-drivers leaped from their animals and came rushing down the banks trying in vain to overtake the gunboats; the camels threw their loads and scattered wildly over the desert. The unfortunate plight of the drivers was not discovered until the enemy was amongst them; they were unarmed /