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Under the foot of a rock a hole had been scooped. The bottom, rather darker than the surrounding sand, still showed finger—marks, as if the last act of the wretched Arab had been to strive to reach the liquid that lay below. In this he had failed. Clearly, the place was the water-hole. For all practical purposes it was dry. It looked as if the desert had claimed more victims. Dropping on his knees, Biggles turned the body over and looked at the face. A sharp intake of breath suggested surprise at something, but he did not speak.

They must have been in ignorance of what they were doing because all drugs, and alcohol for that matter, are forbidden by their religion—although that doesn't prevent them from selling it to other people. "Their trouble was they stayed too long, for when the time came to go, they lacked the strength to travel. What was worse, their camels had been eating the shrub and were in an even worse condition than the men. In such a country a man, even an Arab, without his camel, is finished. So these wretched Murras found themselves marooned, so to speak.

And as far as the Arabs were concerned the Doctor had with him only three men who had ever made contact with outside page 27 civilisation. The coastal Arabs who started with him refused absolutely to go beyond the country that they knew and that ended far short of the wadi. That was why, as I told you, the Doctor had to change his camel men from time to time. " "Yes. He picked them up at Aden. " "One of these men must have spotted more than the Doctor imagined," declared Biggles. "He might have discovered the gum on his own account and put· some in his bag to enjoy when he got home.

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