July Monday 8, 1895 Still very hot with a dim dusty brown haze over the Napa & Benicia hills indicating a North wind. Temp. in my room at 6 PM 88 degrees. Joe vanished this afternoon after giving up his keys without any farewell formalities after working here for some 20 years. Semi-insane poor fellow & desperately bashful. The young wrens still in their woodpile nest. The number of insects they eat in a single day is immense. One every 3 or 4 minutes.
Tuesday 9 Thermom [Thermometer] at noon 75. Fine cool wind from the sea streaming over the hills damp & healing. The moisture in its pores blessing the fainting leaves & condensing the vapor in the heated air to fog. These fog clouds streaming across the hot valleys seem like angels of mercy. Wrote a letter to Mother. [Wrote a letter to] F. George. [Wrote a letter to] Frank Yugh Toronto, Canada in reply to glacial questions & sent list of writings & Sequoia history.
Wednesday 10 Thermom [Thermometer] at 8AM 68. Another delightfully cool breezy bracing rousing day. Blessed fog wings outspread over our valley. More cool fog this evening. Therefore another cool day is promised.
Thursday 11 Cool clear reviving day. The vines rejoicing. The wrens very busy feeding their growing young in the woodpile. They bring a worm beetle or fly about once a minute to two minutes. The little babies will soon fly. They keep up a steady [pee-peep] all day. The time of greatest danger is just on leaving the cunning shelter of the nest. The cats often times look & listen & snuff the air about the nest.
Original journal dimensions: 20 x 27 cm.
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