Station Master's Tent, Ur Junction, Mesopotamia
March 27, 1920
My dear, dear Frances —
I sent off by registered post from Nasiriya yesterday, a long letter addressed to Charles. I hope it has reached you for it contained much of our doings in lower Babylonia, which we are now leaving. We have just come down ten miles from the Nasiriya terminus by rail to the main line of the railway from Basrah to Baghdad, and have some time to wait for our train here.
It rained again this morning, making the roads a slippery greasy mess exactly like the prairie mud of Illinois. We skidded about very uncomfortably in reaching the station, and these two oxcarts loaded with our smaller, excursion outfit were so slow that we barely reached the station in time for the train. But Major Beaver, the military commandant at Nasiriyeh was down to meet and help us, and he held the train 5 minutes.
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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