Creator

John Muir

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Aug 6. Cloudy, foggy, and rainy all day nearly. Temp. 45 at non. Went ashore after the natives had made us a morning visit and brought us a few odds and ends from the wreck. WE visited most of the houses in the village and obtained nearly all they had in their possession that they had brought from the wreck, excepting a large piece of sail now forming part of a house covered, and some bits of iron used as weights to keep the wind from unroofing their rounded bee-hive huts. They traded for almost everything we wanted, and were very polite in general and thought themselves well paid always. Saw them kill ducks with bolas. The face of an old woman when presented with some calico was a study, for a second or two no change whatever in her poor withered face, then a puzzled air of wonderment, then a gradual disturbance among the wrinkles and getting more and more intense and far-spreading until her face was puckered into one rubber-like purse, and a hysterical laugh, very nearly followed by a crying breakdown.

Date Original

1881

Source

Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.

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MuirReel27Journal02P059A.tif

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Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

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Keywords

John Muir, journals, drawings, writings, travel, journaling, naturalist

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