there she blows. Begun suddenly column of water tightly [filling/fitting] the aperture of [hole] 3 ft dia [feet diameter] shot straight up with amazing energy to height of 100 ft or more & sustained it there for 10 minutes boys played about it throwing hats [sticks] cans etc into the ascending column [which] then were tossed to a height of 100ft or so faster than eye could follow while the current was so compact at the base that one could go close to it without danger & stroke the hard mass. Then gradually failed & the cavity was empty only little steam ascending slowly & [bland] as [summer] [cloud] to gather energy & break forth again in from 1/2 [d] to 3 weeks?
Faithful [thru/three] times smoking reeking always spouts
Falls of firehole River trib [tributary] of Madison
[sketch of steep waterfall and chasm]
[Lacy] foamed beaten sprayed sloping [tracking] [to] fine single size [Yo] in splendid basin heavily timbered deep [chasm] in [ ] of fall
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 17 cm.
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