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November 7, 1926 : Rouffaer River ; Overland Trail/Upper Rouffaer/Nogullo River

November 7

We started early this morning and at nine o'clock reached the Aeijabu river. Because the water is low, it was not necessary to use the raft. A little farther on another Dyak fell from the trail and hurt his head quite badly. He laid open his scalp about two inches making a very ugly gash, as it is badly bruised as well as cut. It is fortunate however that he did not fracture his skull. Shortly after noon we reached the camp by the river where le Roux and I stayed the night of August 30. Here I called a halt and we made camp spending a good part of the afternoon in dressing wounds and looking after the invalids, giving all hands a chance to rest up.

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