[April 28th 1916]
How much more inspiring does the desert seem when, swept by showers, it surface, bright and clear, can be encompassed at a glance and freed from all misty coverings and the tremors of glowing heat that hide and mystify it. West to the setting sun, its immensity might extend to the limits of space. Its surface reflects the glory of the heavens. The orb, of a golden yellow, is streaming through a band of dense black cloud into a sky of liquid blue, and embraces the horizon with its rosy beams the tinge both cloud and desert.
Animal life is scanty in variety. Even in the palm groves few species are seen and these bear a remarkable resemblance to the animal life of the Punjab and the lowlying valleys of