ere long, though news of this kind is kept back as long as possible by the fur companies. July 5,6,7,8. Very busy writing up notes and correspondence. Weather delightful. About 60o in shade at noon, average of 24 hrs. about from 50 to 55. Beautiful sunsets. Visits from Indians in kyacks. They run about 7 miles per hour for short distance at full speed. The salmon, that is the best red-fleshed species, are now about finishing their run up the river. One about 50 lbs. weight bought from an Indian for a little hard-tack, very fat. After enough had been cut from it, it was lost overboard by dropping from its head while suspended on it. Specimens of 100 lbs. or more said to be caught at times. Mr. Nelson saw dried specimens 6 ft. long. Had two ladies to dinner, Mrs. Lawrence and Armstrong, the latter from St. Paul on visit. Had visits from the companies’ agents here and from some of the traders. Those of the W.F. & T. co. started up the river on the 8th with goods for the next season’s trade in large boats towed by a steamer. Noticed large quantity of flour on which the Indians are beginning to depend. Vegetation nearly at summer prime, all the surface green with grass and sedges. Found two small blue violets in tundra.
Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.
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