Still no rain and the country is quite parched. But the great heat has gone and we are having a beautiful cool spell. The heat will come back again, but will never be as fierce as it was before. The Bunerwals swarmed down onto Rustam* two days ago, about 4000, but the Guides were waiting for them and I think they must have suffered severely. The Guides only lost 1 Officer and 1 N.C.O. killed and 2 wounded. The Mohmands, who are my particular lot, seem quiet just now and the news of the Buner failure will probably put them off.
* Unable to ascertain where this is
No rain yet and heat awful. Locusts passed over to-day – what a happy land! War, intrigue, sedition, heat, dust, flies, scorpions, snakes, wasps, hornets, mosquitos, sandflies, drought, famine, cholera, and plague – just a normal list of life’s little inconveniences in India. The hornets have big nests in the verandah and the wasps are everywhere.
The heat has been quite awful. Yesterday Maximum 120º [49ºC], Minimum 88º [31ºC] – Mean 104º [40ºC] – A Record. No rain. Prospects of big famine in addition to this awful war. The war lingers on and no dramatic events relieve the tedium of the daily wires.