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BUT
IHEN,
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ALL
THEREIS
SIANDING
ARE
A
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CRNNES-LARGT
TOTHE
JAPS,
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MINIAIURE
IN
COM-
PARISON
TO
THOSE
AT
MARE
ISLAND.
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OF
THE
ACTUAL
$IORKS
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RIGHTINSIDE
THE
HILLS
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LOOK
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AND
ADMIRE.
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IS
SAID
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THE
FACTORIES
UNDERGROUND
RUN
FOR
MILES.
I
'I'OULDN'T.DOUBT
IT
FOR
THERE
ISNIT
ANYIHING
OUTS
IDE.
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ON
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THING
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IT
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THEM
IN
PUDU-ES,JUST
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SORRYFOR
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MENCOME
OUT
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OLD
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NEXT
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MY
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TO
GFT
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BLANKETS
ETC.
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ITTLL
HAVE
TO
BE
NEARI1HEN
I
GET
DISCHARGED
(
EVTR).
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FACT,
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NAVY
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MEN
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sucH
THtNcs
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THEY
cEr
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D0ET0
THE
SHORTAGE
OF
SUCH
ARTICLES
IN
BIVILIAN
LIFE.
IT
SEIMSTO
MEIHAT
IT
COSTS
A
SAILOR
JUST
AS
MUCH
ANYIfiAY-
I
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BLANKET,
A
SWEATER
A
PAIR
OF$I]OES
AND
TOURUNDIRSHIRTS
LASI
t,llEEK
FOR$17.55.
SHOES
COST
5
EOLLARA
A
PAIR.

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