Florence Blythe-Brown

Transcript Diary 1917

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Front cover Diary 1917

 

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Left hand side

F.M.V.B. Brown

Military Hospital

Hampstead

From E.V.W

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NORMAN BROS’

AUSTRALIAN DIARY

FOR

1917

ONE DAY ON A PAGE

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No. 14

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NORMAN Bros.,

60-62 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne,

Between Collins Street and Flinders Lane

 

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On left hand page a calendar for 1917.

On right hand page:

POSTAL INFORMATION

LETTERS

Within the Commonwealth and to all places in the British Empire, and to New Hebrides, Banks and

Torres Islands, per ½ ounce…1d

To all other places, per ½ ounce 2 ½ d

POST CARDS

Within the Commonwealth and to all places in the British Empire, United States of America and to

The New Hebrides, Banks and Torres Islands      Single  1d

                                                                                                Reply   2 d

To all other places, Single             1 ½ d

                                   Reply   3d

LETTER CARDS

Within the Commonwealth                                         Single 1 d

                                                                                                Reply 2 d

To all places in the British Empire,                             Single 1 d

To all other places                                                            Single 2 ½ d

 

CATALOGUES

Wholly set up and printed in Australia for delivery within the Commonwealth.  4oz          ½ d

If printed outside Australia, 2oz                 ½ d

To all other places, 2oz                  1d          

               

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Postal Information – continued

NEWSPAPERS

Within the Commonwealth and to New Zealand, Fiji and Papua     10 ozs:  ½ d 

Newspapers printed or published outside the Commonwealth, when posted in Australia, are subject to Magazine rates of postage. 

Newspapers printed and published in Australia, posted by registered newspaper proprietors, within the Commonwealth or to Papua,   20 ozs:  1 d

To United Kingdom, 8 ozs: 1 d, 8 oz to 10 ozs: 2 ½ d.  Each additional 2 ozs:  ½ d

To United Kingdom, all sea routes, 16 ozs, 1 d

To all other places, 4oz, 1 d.  Every additional 2 ozs, ½ d

 

BOOKS

Within the Commonwealth and to Papua, up to 5 lbs.  If printed in Australia, 8 ozs, ½ d.  If printed outside Australia, 4 ozs, ½ d.

To New Zealand, Fiji, New Hebrides and Solomon Islands (British), 4 ozs up to 5 lbs,  1d

To all other places, 2ozs up to 5 lbs, 1d

MERCHANDISE

Within the Commonwealth and to New Zealand, Fiji and Papua.  Every 2 ozs up to 1 lbs   1d

To all other places Merchandise must be sent by Parcel Post.   

 

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MAGAZINES

Within the Commonwealth and to Papua-

if printed in Australia. 8oz  ½ d

If printed outside Australia, 4oz ½ d 

To New Zealand, Fiji, New Hebrides or Solomon Islands (British), 8oz..1d 

Each additional 4oz ½ d.

To all other places, 2oz 1d

PATTERNS AND SAMPLES

Within the Commonwealth, to Papua, Fiji, New Zealand, every 2oz up to 1lb..1d 

To United Kingdom, 2oz 1d up to 5lbs. 

To all other places, 2oz 1d up to 12oz.

COMMERCIAL PAPERS

Within the Commonwealth, 2oz  1d

To all other places, 2oz  3d

Each additional 2oz. up to 10oz ½ d

Beyond that, 1d for every 2oz up to 5 lbs

PRINTED PAPERS

Within the Commonwealth and to Papua, 2oz  ½ d

To New Zealand, Fiji, New Hebrides and British Solomon Islands, 4oz  1d  Each additional 2oz.  ½ d

To all other places, 2oz  1d

 

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POSTAL INFORMATION – continued

PARCELS

Within the State, including Lord Howe and Norfolk Island, 1lb.  6d. 

Each additional 1lb., 3d., up to 11lbs.

Interstate and to New Zealand,

Fiji and Papua, 1lb.  8d.  Each additional 1lb. 6d., up to 11lbs.

To United Kingdom, by Long Sea Route, 1lb.. 1s.

Via Marseilles, 1lb. 1/ 7 ½ , and 6d. for each additional lb. up to 11lbs.

To United States of America, via ‘Frisco, 1lb.  1s. Each additional lb., 6d up to 11lbs.

Via London, 1lb. 1/11, and 6d. each additional lb. up to 11 lbs.

MONEY ORDERS

Within the Commonwealth - £5, 6s; £10, 1s; £15, 1/6; £20, 2s.

To Papua - £5, 9d; £10, 1/6; £15, 2/3; £20, 3s.

To New Zealand and Fiji - £2, 6d; £5, 1s; £7, 1/6; £10, 2s; £12, 2/6; £15, 3s; £17, 3/6; £20, 4s.

United Kingdom, other British possessions, and Foreign Countries, 6d for any amount up to £2, and 3d for each additional £ or fraction of £.

POSTAL NOTES

Payable throughout the Commonwealth – 6d, 1/-, 1/6— ½ d; 2/-, 2/6, 3/-, 3/6, 4/-, 4/6—1d; 5/--1 ½ ; 7/6—2d; 10/-, 12/6, 15/-, 20/--3d

 

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POSTAL INFORMTION-continued

TELEGRAPHIC RATES

City and Suburban, or within 16 miles of sending station—Sixteen words, including address and signature..6d, each additional word, 1d

Country-- Sixteen words, including address and signature. 9d, each additional word, 1d

Interstate- Sixteen words, including address and signature. 1s, each additional word, 1d

Urgent Telegrams, and Sunday, Christmas Day and Good Friday, double the above rates.

To New Zealand—per word 4 ½ d, New Caledonia 9d, Norfolk Island 3d, United Kingdom 3s, Suva and Fiji 8d, New York 2s 8d, Egypt 4s, Paris via Eastern, 3s.

DEFFERED TELEGRAMS (cables)  will be accepted for certain Foreign Countries at half ordinary rates, despatched daily, AFTER Telegrams paid at full rates have been dealt with.

WEEK-END CABLES for United Kingdom up to Saturday in each week for delivery on the Tuesday following at 9d per word, minimum of 15/-. 

For South Africa and Canada, 7d. per word: minimum 11/8. 

For India, Ceylon and Burma, 7 ½ d. per word: minimum 12/6.

For British North America 8d per word; minimum, 12/11.

 

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Postal Information-continued

WIRELESS TELEGRAMS

To and from any ship registered in Australia, 5d per word; unregistered, 6d per word.

Land charges, one penny per word.

Christmas or New Year greetings between Australia and New Zealand, 4/-, If addressed to vessels registered in Australia or New Zealand, 3/-

LETTER TELEGRAMS to addresses within the Commonwealth will be forwarded by Telegraph during the night, and delivered as ordinary letters by first delivery—Forty words, 1/-; each additional word, ½ d.

Sundays double the above rates.

Phases of the Moon, 1917.

Month

Full moon

Last quarter

New moon

First quarter

January

8

16

23

30

February

7

15

22

29

March

9

16

23

30

April

7

15

22

29

May

7

14

21

29

June

5

12

19

28

July

5

11

19

27

August

2

10

18

26

September

1

8

16

24

October

1 & 30

8

16

24

November

29

7

15

22

December

18

7

14

21

 

 

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Table of Weights and Measures

LIQUID MEASURE.

60 minims = 1 drachm

8 drachms = 1 ounce

20 ounces = 1 pint

8 pints       = 1 gallon

1 minim     = 1 drop

1 drachm   = 1 teaspoonful

2 drachms  = 1 dessertspoonful

4 drachms   = 1 tablespoonful

2 ounces     =  1 wineglassful

1 gallon pure water  = 10lbs.

4 gills =    1 pint =    34.66 cubic inches

2 pints  = 1 quart = 69.318   “        “

4 quarts = 1 gallon = 277.274 “     “

1 pint of water weighs 20 oz.

Old Apothecaries’ Weight (superseded in 1864):--20 grains = 1 scruple; 3 scruples = 1 drachm; 8 drachms = 1 ounce; 12 ounces = 1 pound.

BEER, &C., MEASURE

9 gallons                               = 1 firkin

18 gallons                            = 1 kilderkin

36 gallons                            = 1 barrel

54 gallons                            = 1 hogshead

72 gallons                            = 1 puncheon

108 gallons                          = butt

216 gallons                          = tun

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WEIGHS AND MEASURES- continued

DRY MEASURE

2 pints                   = 1 quart

2 quarts                = 1 pottle

4 quarts                = 1 gallon

2 gallons               = 1 peck

4 pecks                 = 1 bushel

2 bushels             = 1 strike

4 bushels             = 1 coomb or sack

8 bushels             = 1 quarter

5 quarters           = 1 load

10 quarters         = 1 last

Boll of meal        = 140 pounds

2 bolls                   = 1 sack

Cereals are generally sold by weight.  A bushel of wheat = 63 lbs.; barley = 52-56 lbs.; oats = 40-42 lbs.; rye and maize = 60 lbs. A truss of straw weighs 36 lbs,; old hay, 56 lbs, ; new hay, 60lbs.  A load is 36 trusses.

WINE MEASURE

42 gallons                            = 1 tierce

63 gallons                            = 1 hogshead

84 gallons or 2 tierces     = 1 puncheon

2 hogshds, or 126 galls.  = 1 pipe or butt

2 pipes, or 252 gallons    = 1 tun

A hogshead = ½ a pipe or butt, or 2 quarter casks, or about 52 ½ gallons.

A pipe of port = 115 gallons, or about 56 dozen bottles.

A butt of sherry = 108 gallons, or about 52 dozen bottles.

A hogshead of French wine = 46 gallons, or about 22 dozen bottles.

An aum of Rhenish = 30 gallons, or about 25 dozen bottles.

 

 

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WEIGHTS AND MEASURES- continued

CLOTH MEASURE

2 ½ inches                                           = 1 nail

4 nails                                                    = 1 quarter

4 quarters                                           = 1 yard

3 quarters                                           = 1 Flemish ell

5 quarters                                           = 1 English ell

6 quarters                                           = 1 French ell

ADMIRALTY CASKS

 

Length

ins

Diam

ins

Cont

gals

Leager

59

38

164

Butt

53

33

110

Puncheon

41 ½

30

72

Hogshead

37

28

54

Barrel

31 ½

24.5

36

Half-hogshead

28

22.5

27

Kilderkin

22

19.75

18

Firkin

22

17

12

 

MEASURE OF SURFACE

144 sq. inches                    = 1 sq. foot

9 sq. feet                             = 1 sq. yard

30 ¼ sq yards                     = 1 rod, pole or perch

16 sq. poles                        = 1 chain

40 sq. poles                        = 1 rood (1,210 yards)

4 rods or 10 sq. chains    = 1 acre (4,840     “  )

640 sq. acres                      = 1 sq. mile

1 hectare                             =  2.471 acres

30 sq. acres                         = 1 yard of land

100 acres                             = 1 hide of land

40 hides                               = 1 barony

 

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AVOIRDUPOIS WEIGHT

27 5/16 grains                    = 1 drachm

16 drachms                         = 1 ounce = 437 ½ grs

16 ounces                            = 1 pound (lb.) = 7000 grs.

14 pounds                           = 1 stone

28 pounds                           = 1 quarter (qr.)

8 stones                               = 1 hundred weight (cwt)

20 cwt                                   = 1 ton

A cental                                = 110 lbs.

1 cwt                                     = 1 small sack of coal

2 cwt                                     = 1 double sack of coal

20cwt. or 10 dble sacks  =  1 ton

3 bushels of coke             = 1 sack

12 sacks                                = 1 chaldron

21 chaldrons                       = 1 score

MEASURES OF SOLIDITY

1728 cubic inches                             = I cubic foot

27 cubic feet                                      = 1 cubic yard

40 cubic ft or merchandise           = 1 shipping ton

42 cubic feet of timber                  = 1 shipping ton

108 cubic feet                                    = 1 stack of wood

Ton of displacement of a ship     = 35 cubic feet

A load of earth is 27 cubic feet.  A load of bricks of 500

DIAMOND WEIGHT

16 parts                                = 1 grain (8/10ths grs troy)

4 grains                                 = 1 carat (31/5th grs Troy

 

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Weights and measures- continued

MEASURES OF LENGTH

12 lines                 =             1 inch

12 inches             =             1 foot

18 inches             =             1 cubit

3 feet                    =             1 yard

6 feet                    =             1 fathom

16 ½ feet             =             1 pole

5 ½ yards             =             1 rod, pole or perch

4 poles                  =             1 chain

100 links               =             1 chain

66 feet                  =             1 chain

22 yards               =             1 chain

220 yards             =             1 furlong

40 poles               =             1 furlong

8 furlongs            =             1mile

1,760 yards         =             1 mile

5,280 feet            =             1 mile

6,080 feet            =             1 nautical mile or knot

1 cable’s length =             100 fathoms

7.92 inches          =             1 link

3 miles                  =             1 league

60 nautical miles =           1 degree

69 ½ geographical miles =             1 degree

The English mile is            1,760 yards

The Scotch mile is            1,984     “

The Irish mile is                 2,240

 

ANGLO-FRENCH MEASURES AND WEIGHTS

MEASURES

100 centimetres               =             I metre

1 metre                                                =             39 ½ inches

1 aune                                  =             45 inches

1 yard                                    =             91 ½ centimetres

If 1 metre costs 1fr., 1 yd. will cost fr. 1.37

 

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Weights and Measures- Continued

WEIGHT

1 cwt                     =             50.80 kilos

1 lb.                        =             454 grammes

1 oz.                       =             28 grammes

1 kilo                      =             2 lb. 3 ¼ ozs.

5 kilos                    =             11 lbs.

If 1 kilo costs 1 fr., 1 lb. will cost 4d., and 1 cwt. Will cost 40s. 7 ¾ d.

If 1 lb. costs 1s., 1 kilo will cost frs. 2.76

LIQUID MEASURE

1 litre                     =             about 1 ¾ imperial pints

1 quart                  =             1 litre, 14 centilitres

If 1 litre costs 1 fr., 1 gallon will cost 3s 7 5/8 d.

If 1 gallon costs 1s., 1 litre will cost 27 ½ cents.

TROY WEIGHT

3.17 grains           =             1 carat

24 grains              =             1 pennyweight

20 pennywts.     =             1 ounce                  =  480 grains

12 ounces            =             1 lb.         =  5,760 grains

100 lbs.                 =             1 cwt

Standard gold consists of 22 parts pure gold alloyed with 2 parts of copper or other metal, and according to the quantity of alloy is called 9, 12, 15 or 18 carat, i.e. that quantity of pure gold out of the twenty-four.

STANDARD TIME

(East of Greenwich)

West Australia                   8 hours

South Australia                 9 ½ hours

Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania          10 hours

New Zealand                     11 ½ hours

 

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Eclipses, 1917

During the year 1917 there will be seven eclipses – four of the sun and three of the moon

  1.  A total eclipse of the moon, January 8th visible in the Eastern portion of Australia only.

11.   A partial eclipse of the sun, January 23rd , invisible in Australia.

111. A partial eclipse of the sun, June 19th, invisible in Australia.

1V.   A total eclipse of the moon, July 5th, visible in West Australia.

V.     A partial eclipse of the sun, July 19th invisible in Australia.

V1.   An annular eclipse of the sun, December 14th visible in West Australia as a partial eclipse; magnitude 0.392.  Angle from North Point of First Contact, 138 degrees to W.

V11. A total eclipse of the moon, December 28th, visible in Australia.

 

CALENDAR NOTES, 1917.

Golden Number 18, Epact 6, Dominical Letter G, Julian Period (year of) 6630.

The year 5678 of the Jewish Era begins on September 17th.

The year 1336 of the Mohammedan Era begins on October 17th.

Ramadan (the month of abstinence observed by Turks) begins on June 21 st.


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FIXED AND MOVABLE FEASTS, H

OLIDAYS, ETC., 1917

January 1             Commonwealth day

January 6             Epiphany

January 7             1st Sunday after epiphany

January 14                2nd Sunday after epiphany

January 21           3rd Sunday after epiphany

January 26           Foundation of Australia

January 28           4th Sunday after epiphany

February 1          Foundation day, Q.

February 4          Septuagesima Sunday

February 11        Sexagesima Sunday

February 18        Quinquagesima Shrove Sunday

February 21        Ash Wednesday (Lent begins)

February 25        Quadragesima Sunday (First in Lent)

March 1                St David

March 4                2nd Sunday in Lent

March 11             3rd Sunday in Lent

March 17             St. Patrick’s Day

March 18             4th Sunday in Lent

March 25             5th Sunday in Lent, Annunciation Lady Day

April 1                   Palm Sunday

April 6                   Good Friday

April 7                   Easter Saturday

April 8                   Easter Sunday

April 9                   Easter Monday

April 15                 Low Sunday, 1st after Lent

April 22                 2nd Sunday after Lent

 

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FEASTS HOLIDAY ETC- CONTINUED

April 23                 St George (Eight Hour Day, Melbourne)

April 29                 3rd Sunday after Easter

May 6                    4th Sunday after Easter. Accession of King George V., 1910

May 7                    Eight Hours Day, Brisbane

May 9                    Proclamation Day

May 13                 Rogation Sunday

May 17                 Ascension Day, Holy Thursday

May 20                 Sunday after Ascension

May 24                 Empire Day

May 26                 Birthday Queen Mary, 1867

May 27                 Whit Sunday

June 1                   Foundation Day, W.A.

June 3                   Trinity Sunday. Birthday of King George V., 1865

June 7                   Corpus Christi

June 10                 1st Sunday after Trinity

June 17                 2nd Sunday after Trinity

June 23                 Birthday Prince of Wales, 1894

June 24                 3rd Sunday after Trinity.  St. John Baptist

July 1                     4th Sunday after Trinity.  Separation day, Victoria

July 8                     5th Sunday after Trinity

July 15                   6th Sunday after Trinity

July 22                   7th Sunday after Trinity

July 30                   8th Sunday after Trinity

August 5              War declared Great Britain and Germany 1914

August 6              Bank Holiday

August 12            10th Sunday after Trinity

August 19            11th Sunday after Trinity

August 26            12th Sunday after Trinity

Sept. 2                  13th Sunday after Trinity

Sept. 9                  14th Sunday after Trinity

 

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FEASTS, HOLIDAYS ETC.—CONTINUED

 

Sept. 16                15th Sunday after Trinity

Sept. 23                16th Sunday after Trinity

Sept. 29                Michaelmas Day

Sept. 30                17th Sunday after Trinity

Oct. 1                    Eight Hours Day, Sydney

Oct. 7                    18th Sunday after Trinity

Oct. 10                  Eight Hours Day, Adelaide

Oct. 14                  19th Sunday after Trinity

Oct. 21                  20th Sunday after Trinity

Oct. 28                  21st Sunday after Trinity

Nov. 4                   22nd Sunday after trinity

Nov. 5                   Eight Hours Day, Newcastle

Nov. 6                   Melbourne Cup Day

Nov. 11                 23rd Sunday after Trinity

Nov. 18                 24th Sunday after Trinity

Nov. 23                 Proclamation Day, Victoria

Nov. 25                 25th Sunday after Trinity

Nov. 30                 St. Andrew

Dec. 1                    Birthday, Queen Alexandra

Dec. 2                    1st Sunday in Advent

Dec. 9                    2nd Sunday in Advent

Dec. 10                 Separation Day, Queensland

Dec. 16                 3rd Sunday in Advent

Dec. 23                 4th Sunday in Advent

Dec. 25                 Christmas Day

Dec. 26                 Boxing Day

Dec. 30                 1st Sunday after Christmas

 

AUSTRALIAN SEASONS

Autumn commences                      March 21

Winter            “                                    June 22

Spring              “                                   September 23

Summer          “

 

JOHN ANDREW AND CO., PRINTERS

 

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Notes from 1916

Blank

 

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JANUARY                                                                                                             1ST MONTH 1917

1 January MONDAY  1-364

Commonwealth Day- Public Holiday

Fine

Busy day

M.O. round, - 25 W.

4 Pts trans to conval.

(no T.B. found)

3 Positives

Pt. B. admit to 25

 

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1917-31 Days                                                                                                                      JANUARY

2 January             2-363

“Some day”  (vanishing)

                Fine. (close)

Went home by 6-50

Home  8-30    All well

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JANUARY                                                                                                             1ST MONTH—1917

3  Wednesday                   3-362

Visited Mrs Stockwin very ill,  morning.

Proved useful---

Told short stories to Horace

Town in afternoon.

 

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1917-31 Days                                                                                                      JANUARY

4 THURSDAY                       4-361

Had visitors

Returned to London 6p.m.

Sat on Portmanteau all the way

Troops in train

 

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JANUARY                                                                                                             1st Month --- 1917

5  FRIDAY             5-360

Returned to duty 7 a.m.

New pt.                                25           Pleur?

Off duty 11-12.45

New admits.

Buy afternoon,

Very cold,

Admitted 2 pneumonia

Very wet at night

 

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1917—31 DAYS                                                                                                  JANUARY

6 SATURDAY       6-359

Some day.           ?

2 Pts very ill

S.I.L.

Boys from 19, out

Off duty 2.30-4.

 

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JANUARY                                                                                                             1st Month—1917

7 SUNDAY           7-358

Pt in 24 very ill,  put on S.I.L

S of all day

Washing.  Dressings etc.

Fine all day  On duty all day.

Business as usual

E.S. P.M.

 

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1917—31 Days                                                                                                   JANUARY

8 MONDAY         8-357

Very busy

Pt in 24 still very ill. 

On digitalis High oxygen & Brandy. Salines

New Pts in 19. Trans

Gray on Linct. Morph,

 

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JANUARY                                                                                                             1st Month—1917

9 TUESDAY          9—356

M.O. round in T.B or T.13             

Various spec

Pt still very ill

Cheyne Stokes Breathing

Stamford in afternoon

 

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1917—31 days                                                                                                                   JANUARY

10 Wednesday  10-355

Busy morning

Pt still on Hg Inj

Digitalis, Oxygen & Brandy

Hg Inj of Her given during night

E.S. to G.

 

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JANUARY                                                                                                             1st Month—1917

11 THURSDAY    11-354

Rushing in a.m.  off duty 10-12.

Dinners

Busy afternoon, Pt still very ill, but shows some signs of improvement.

 

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1917—31 Days                                                                                                   JANUARY

12 FRIDAY  11-353

½ day.  Some afternoon,

Returned at 9p.m.

 

 

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JANUARY                                             1st Month -1917

                13 SATURDAY 13-352

Great, B- - -  from- -

letter from I-.

S. off. Duty afternoon

-I-I visited

 

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1917—31 Days                                   JANUARY

                14 SUNDAY 14-351

off Duty 10-12

Pt. R shows

Improvement

Slept a little

Oxygen 2_( Horis)

Heard short stories

from  D - - - - -

 

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JANUARY                                             1st Month ---1917

15 MONDAY  15-350

Round with MG (illegible)

T.B. no change

off Duty 2-4

Busy night

Party in No -6

some time.

 

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1917 –31 days                    JANUARY

                16 TUESDAY 16-349

½ DAY

City- tea   (shorthand)

Finsbury Park

Saw (Wiflac)

address

18, Eaton Park Road

Palmers Green

very cold & snowy,