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August 5, 1926 : Motor Camp ; Rouffaer River

August 5

This morning the water is a foot higher and is lapping the floors of our platforms. Walking about camp is now becoming more nearly a matter of swimming than of wading. The transport returns tomorrow with mail which will catch the Government steamer Swallow which leaves Albatross Camp August 23. Two months later another ship is due, then on December 15 the expedition is scheduled to withdraw. Most of the day has been spent in answering correspondence. It has been a sunshiny day today, the sky and air being in contrast to the flood beneath us.

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