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August 25, 1899

Dawned clear but soon clouded. The men who did not bring the mosquito bars could not sleep for the insects. Had mine and was very comfortable. A rumor that they were tearing up the track sent a detail down in a hurry. My curiosity that leads me to volunteer on such work will get me in trouble some day. Was a false alarm. While we were at dinner, about 12 M. [noon], saw a detachment of six men and a Sergeant of ours “hiking” down the track. They were to relieve six men of the detachment. I was one. Took train back to San Fernando. The daily train only one being run a day.