in a wasting crumbling condition but little protected from the wind action by vegetation, while the gales of winter are very severe. Wrangel Land visible all day. Clear, calm, bright and 55o. Fog beginning to form over the land and ice. Aug. 1. Fine morning, but with indications of change in weather. Cumulus clouds growing all around the lower portion of the sky and white reeking fog over the ice floes. Kept along the serrated edge of the pack and glad to find that it now had a general trend to the N.W., that is, toward the southern point of Wrangel Land, and we all are excited with the brightness of the hopes held out of reaching this mysterious region today or tomorrow. Then will we ascertain whether the Jeanette reached Wrangel Land, or whether any portion of her crew did in case the vessel has been lost in the pack; and then too will the question of home be settled as to this fall or next. In the afternoon while yet our way was tolerably clear and after the land had been long in sight we were enveloped
Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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