The ground was firmer and boasted a carpet of sparce grass

TCD MS 10515 folio 63r

TCD MS 10515 folio 63r

[April 30th 1916]

interference with their rights, and displayed their undoubted determination to resist in every way the degrading toil of transport. Once loaded, their growls and struggles were unavailing; they followed quietly giving less trouble than we anticipated. Compared with yesterday the march might be considered pleasant, at least as pleasant as could be expected on a summers day in the Arabian desert. The distance was short, only nine miles; the ground was firmer and boasted a carpet of sparce grass which gave a refreshing tinge of faded yellow to the brown monotonous sands. Cloulds covered that merciless enemy, the sun, and a cool, vivifying breeze flew gently from the East.

I left Camp with the advance guard at 5.45a.m.. About two hours march from