6 eat a mouthful & toss it back play like any children [over] with a bundle of rags [huffed] old [squaw] playfully, old wom [woman] [menaces] with stick. tease men also. Other Inds look at grouse lift them heedlessly with [their] [feet] speculate only on weight, bang [them] down [their] [beauty] of birds which so mysteriously impresses every fresh [bring] mind [seem] wholly [awanting]. One ind decorated with squirrel tail in hat holds the grouse in [front] a [picture] of [hunter]. One with white [straw] hat painted rudely efforts for [beauty] One little brown witch of a lass keep the group in perpetual stir with her irrepressible [locomotion ], rolling old barrels pulling hair pushing the men suddenly from behind climbing the fence [building] [ladders] & steps. 7 There is a very remarkable goodnature among all. Tease a [negron] carrying a pail of refuse. All old & young have a peculiarly deliberate [slipping] motion, noiseless. One woman tired of card play[ing] plays continuously for half an hour on jews harp. Another plays [bones]. Then all sit in a heap close to the railroad track to observe the cars. Ground color of pine & fir woods in Sep[tember] at elev of 6 to 8000 mostly dependent on Wythia orange & paler yel with clumps of Wild cherry. Much richer than the ground color of the loftier woods farther south. One Polygonum reddish purp[le] ab at 8000-9000 breaks into [joints] when ripe. Region of lakes, Lake of the Woods. Weber, Independence L & Donner & Tahoe the queen of them all about 6000 ft. all glaciated
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 17 cm.
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