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Date: July 9th 1900


South Africa, July 9th 1900

Dear Mother

I received your last letter & glad to hear of all being well. got the writing paper. received $10. from the Kilsyth boys more power to them, have never come across any of those desperate big reptiles seen some comical sights & some wonderful freaks of nature but I am not very good in putting in any polished scenes in print Just for the simple reason of being noticed there are some of the biggest lies printed in the Canadian papers I ever read as for bayoneting Boers we never got near enough for that. this is winter here flowers are very scarce around here Just now got those two Times papers Hammond is a great writer. I never left my Company & Regt I have been through it all & as for any of the first Contingent leaving their Regt. for making money who ever started that yarn is a liar Col. Otter kept all his men. I dont expect to start for home before the last of this month it Just depends on how the war is progressing we are on the line of communication lots of duty but better than treking & fighting I get no war news so cannot send any. I am well & hearty & in hopes of seeing you all before long give my best wishes to all I will close with love to all

Good Bye Noble