Disembarked about noon and travelled by train to Cairo, a distance of about one hundred miles south the train ride proving very interesting passing though fields and plantations of all descriptions irrigated from the Nile.
The natives live in villages of mud huts, some of them well made but the majority of them not fit for an Australian fowl to roost in.
In several of the larger villages a mosque would be seen standing in the centre and we saw many Mohammadans at prayer in their fields.
Their plantation implements were very primitive, bullocks drawing the old wooden ploughs just like the old Bible pictures.
The donkey seems to be the favourite mode of progression poor little donkeys carrying a man whose feet would almost touch the ground.
We arrived at Heliopolis at 6 o'clock in the evening where we marched along to our camp.