stem surmounted by a splendid crown of deep green leaves arching and spreading like a palm. Children fancy that they resemble brooms and use them as such in their picnic playhouses. The sandy soil here is sparingly seamed with rolled quartz pebbles and clay. Denudation going on slowly allows the thorough removal of these clay seams, leaving only the sand. Notwithstanding the sandiness of the soil much of the surface of the country is covered with standing water, which is easily accounted for by the presence of the impermeable seams. To-day traveled more than forty miles without dinner or supper. No family would receive me, and so had to push on to Augusta. Went hungry to bed and awoke with sore stomach, sore, I suppose, from its walls rubbing on each other with nothing to grind. Darky kindly showed best hotel. Got good bed for a dollar. Got breakfast at market. 31st. Splendid grasses and very rich, dense, vine-clad forests. Muscadine grapes in cartloads.
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.
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