179 according to their own hearts the little ones carried small baskets holding two or three quarts The women two larger ones one slung behind the other in front their baskets were nearly all full & as it was now growing late in the afternoon we all started back to camp in company—we parted at the outlet I choosing to follow the stream the rest of the company an old Ind [Indian] trail through the woods. The walk [thru] down the happy stream in the late sunlight was exceedingly beautiful the mellow light falling in patches on the [spun] mossy banks not a breath of wind stirring—the silence broken or rather filled by the stream no loud notes of a Yosemite kind [but] to throb & beat & go [make] reverberations going away farther & farther in [deep] but deep a-ah filling the forest & [ ] louder &
180 more impressive [the farther] as [ ] receded from the banks. I was the first to [arrive] at camp. The rest of the party coming in singles shortly afterwards singing & shouting as usual. It was interesting to note how kindly they held out handfuls of the best berries to the little lass who welcomed them all in succession with a merry smile & words that I did not understand but there was no mistaking the kindliness & sincere good nature & affection.
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.
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