John Muir


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21 Catching salmon [sketch of fishing net] with scoop net held vertically from platform built out over sheer rock in eddy. Salmon begin to run about end of June, 2nd run about July 5th. This is the main run & lasts from three to six weeks [There] The whole [rim] is crowded with them & the [ ] run in full [ ] [sketch: Right bank Fraser River 65 ms [miles] ab [above] mouth.]

22 [ ] The Indians (Flatheads) lay in [their] winter stores drying large quantities & storing them in caches up in the branches of the trees near the river bank These store boxes are built of boards about 6 ft long 4 deep 4 wide, held in place by poles & ropes. They are often 20 or 50 feet above the ground—where the air circulates freely & where the stores are safe from dogs wolves etc. Fraser River is a truly noble stream ½ mile wide nearly a 1000 [a] miles long from here to the sea the banks are [always] densely timbered, cottonwood along the low grounds near the mouth Thuja gigantia & alder & the menzies abiesfurther back some coming forward with the cottonwoods 50 or 60 [ms]

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Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.

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