On train below Samâwa, Mesopotamia
March 27, 1920
Saturday, 1 p.m.
The locomotive has gone bad and we are held up out in the desert below Samâwa where we should presently stop for lunch. Your map of course does not show the railroad, opened as I have told you, only a few weeks ago, but the main points on the line are Ur (Junction), (then it passes a few miles south of Daraji), Samâwa, Diwaniya, Hilla, Baghdad. We arrive at Diwaniya tonight. The political officer there has been notified of our arrival, and judging from our reception hitherto, we shall be well looked after. We are being given quarters, all our meals, and all transportation, except by railway, without expense.
For the full story of my exciting trip you should come to the special exhibit “Pioneers to the Past: American Archaeologists in the Middle East, 1919-1920,” at the Oriental Institute!
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