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GILWERN. I I-I<O.\R MACEDONIA.—Lce.-Cpl. E. R. Morgan: who is attached to the Sanitary Section of our Eastern Forces, and. is well known in the Gilwern and Crickhowell districts as Sanitary Inspector for Llanelly to the Crickhowell R.D. Council, is now serving somewhere in Macedonia. He gives some interesting glimpses of Eastern life, in a letter to our Crickhowell correspondent. Just now their anti-malaria work begins, and con- tinues until October. During this time, he writes, we shall be chasing mosquitoe larvse. It's some stunt wading through boggy and swampy land which is (especially on the plain) infested with all sorts of creeping, crawling, hving and jumping things. You cannot imagine with what tenacity an ordinary looking fly will bite, and no mere shake will dislodge him once he has tasted blood. The plains suggest a creation run wild everything seems to be on a large scale. Vegetation standing up 18 to 20 feet high. The' growth is not confined to vegetable and plant life, but also enters into insect and animal life. It seems as if the Food of the Gods of H. G. Wells fame has been dropped about. The wild dogs (of which over 50 were shot from our camp alone last year) are like donkeys, and in that district to go about without being armed, with at least a stout stick, was courting trouble. In the district there was also a Comitadji Band who used to rob the civilians, but a lucky shot from one of our men one day laid the leader low, but not before he had given our man a nasty wound in the arm. The Macedonian houses are awful places, being built of mud and having for a covering baked tiles and rough timbering. The floor is just ordinary clay, which, of course, cannot be washed. The door would fit where it touched and was of the barn order. Sometimes one would come across a little bit of a slit letting in a little air and light. The floor is covered with home-made straw mats and plenty of cushions and strong quilt-like material, which at night time would be spread out for beds. The more fortunate had a round table standing about six inches high around this the family would sit for meals, all eating from a common dish placed in the centre, usually containing fish, tomatoes and olive oil, the bread being broken up with the hands, a custom which no doubt has come down from biblical times. The women are very industrious in their way, but I am afraid I can- not c13.im that for the men. They seem to prefer sleeping, drinking wines and smoking common tobacco. When a family goes on the trail from one place to another, his Majesty the Man usually rides on the family ass, whilst his wife walks behind, often heavily loaded, carrying her rough shoes on her arm and walking in bare feet." Lce.-Cpl. Morgan send several copies of the Balkan News," but even there there is shortage of paper, as this bright little publication is now confined to a single sheet. Jk.

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