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August 21, 1899

On guard at the barracks. Difficulty in keeping awake, 3-5 A.M. Rare wood very common. The rough kitchen benches are made of beautiful mahogany planks, ten or twelve feet long and three inches thick. Also all the kitchen tables. All furniture moved from the house except a piano and some mirrors and pictures and some carriages on the lower floor, which was evidently used as a carriage house. As all the native huts are raised three or four feet off the ground on piles, I judge it has been found unhealthy to sleep on the ground. Troops are never put in tents but always in houses, native ones if the better class are not available.