0Wednesday. 27th [December 1905]—Delhi
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27 December 1905 — Delhi
Wednesday. 27th [December 1905]. morning at 7.20 & drove to Hotel Cecil where we were not expected but luckily found rooms. It is a nice small hotel kept by one Mrs Holtz an English woman married to a Swiss—very clean & comfortable but small rooms. We rested in the morning & after lunch went for a drive on the Ridge to see the monument to those who fell in the Mutiny. It was a very cold day & a strong wind was blowing dust over the whole country so that there was very little distant view. This monument is a depressing thing. First because of the facts it records & 2ndly because it is such atrociously bad architecture—a spurious gothic that at the distance looks like a deseased Hindu temple pagoda– Coming back to the hotel we passed thro’ the Kudsia Gardens & stopped at the old cemetery where [I] laid a flower on John Nicholson’s grave as Mrs Curtis of Venice had written to beg me to do for her. We then found that the cemetery was close by the hotel we are at so we went in & rested.

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