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Stopped once on the ascent to inspect dung.
[[underlined]] Station 321. [[/underlined]]
A short distance above the locality called Parasol (on U.S.C.& G.S. map) on western road through the mountains to north coast. In dung found 3 Staphs (apparently [[underlined]] Actobius [[/underlined]]).
The beaches along Cane Bay are narrow and rather rocky. There is considerable drift but very little seaweed. Stopped several times.
[[underlined]] Station 322. [[/underlined]]
Beach at Cane Bay. 1 Carabid from under drift. This beach has a great many dead sea-urchins. I picked up a few shells and then found several very nice heart-urchins.
Followed the road around to Salt River, where I had no trouble with the river crossing. The road was very wet, and though I kept looking for fungus or dung, found nothing.
Home for a late tea. Ruth went swimming.
Two boats were in this evening, - the SS Burgos, and the SS Ingrid. The former brought Ruth one letter. The SS Mary came to Christiansted and the regular mail came over by bus. None! The SS Catharine which used to be on this service is being rebuilt and the Mary is just a little sub, carrying five or six passengers & no meals!

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While we were in St. Kitts, Mr. Drayton showed us a particularly hard bridge play problem. The solution is rather difficult to remember. The hands are as follows. East= S - none; H - A,4,3,2; C - A,4; 
D - A,4; South= S - none; H,9,8; C - J,10; D - J,10,9,8; West= S - 5,4,3,2; H - none; C - 3,2; D - 3,2; North= S - none; H - K,Q,J,10; C - K,Q; D - K,Q. Spades are trumps and East must lead. Problem: East and West must win all tricks against any defense.  Solution [[circled]] 1 [[/circled]]: East leads H2, South H8, West trumps, North H10. Then West leads trumps, North DQ, East D4, South H9. Then West leads D2, North DK, East DA, South D8. Then East leads HA, South D9, West C2, North HJ. Then East leads H3, South D10, West trumps, North HQ. Then West leads last trump, if North plays HK West wins by entering with the club ace and leading the heart; if North plays CQ, East H4, and then if South play C10 West wins by entering with the club A and leading the C4, but if South plays the DJ West leads the D3 and then the C3 to CA.
This is one of three plays depending on North's discard on the trump lead in second round. East must follow suit (if North discards C or D) and West must then lead the same suit again. On the fourth round West discards the other suit. If North discards hearts the game is easily won. 2nd & 3rd discards and 4th lead are most important.
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