February Friday 8 1895 The barometer falling - clouds forming but the day fair and mostly sunny. The clouds driving swiftly beneath the moon without succeeding in appreciably darkening her a very impressive sight. Went to S.F. Saw Keith & Magee-some lovely small pictures. Saturday 9 [Fine] [Yet] Moon full, clds driving swiftly from the west. This has been one of the very finest blocks of golden California winter days that I ever saw. While in the east wild storms are blocking both land & sea travel & much distress and death. Sunday 10 Slight rain. Cloudy all day but very faint wind a fine bland grassgrowing day. Have lost much time letter writing - about 25 per week. Must learn to dispatch them faster. February Monday 11 1895 A rainy day-gentle in the A.M. hard driving storm PM & nearly all night. A regular S Easter. [Pegging] away at the Alaska trip. Flocks of robins came today as usual with the storm. All outdoor suspended. An emphatic ending this to the 15 days of celestial purple & gold. Tuesday 12 Rain all forenoon with high wind. Fair most of the afternoon. Rain again at dark. Streams rising, farmers afraid so much water about the roots of the orchard trees will kill them. Robins flying about in large restless flocks. Am making slow headway with my literary task, the hardest of all work to me. It is so difficult to say things that involve thought at once clearly and attractively-to make the meaning stand out through the words like a fire on a hill so that all must see it without looking for it … (yet this is what the times demand in magazine work).
Original journal dimensions: 20 x 27 cm.
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