Back to Shabkadr. Nothing doing. The enemy are afraid of my live wire and have not yet tried it. It kills two or 3 inoffensive wild cats, dogs and jackals every day – it is hard on them.
The Campbell Wards came to stay and left on Friday March 3rd. Such a pleasant week. We took them everywhere, up the Khyber, Shabkadr etc. Meg* looked very cheerful and happy – my Godchild. The Bishop of Lahore (Durant) was also here, a very good man and we had some interesting talks. Stein** is back from Central Asia and is coming to see us here.
Rode over to Shabkadr to talk over the battle with General Campbell commanding the Division. Spots on my face. To my surprise he said “You must take 15 days leave” – so I readily agreed on sick leave and I do want it.
Marched to Subhan Khwar, through Shabkadr and pitched camp. A good site with a well good enough to give us water for 2000 men and 2000 followers.
Motor to Shabkadr and rode for 3 hours all round the frontier with the C.O.’s of regiments for instruction. Home by mid-day. Hot unbearably hot.P
Dining with all the regiments is rather hard going on my poor little liver. To-morrow I am again going out to Shabkadr to look at camps with General Campbell. I gave a lecture at the Club to-day on the war which seemed to be a great success, which was gratifying.
Took Daisie out in Motor car to see the site of battle-ground at Shabkadr and Matta. The country was very beautiful. It is getting hot. I get up about 6 and ride about. Breakfast 10.30. Office till 1.30 no lunch, sleep till 4.0., then tea, bath and out at 6.0.