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The day had been very hot even for the Transvaal, where the days still know how to be hot in the autumn, although the neck of the summer is broken - especially when the thunderstorms hold off for a week or two, as they do occasionally. Even the succulent blue lilies - a variety of the agapanthus which is so familiar to us in English greenhouses - hung their long trumpet-shaped flowers and looked oppressed and miserable, beneath the burning breath of the hot wind which had been blowing for hours like the draught from a volcano

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