[Oct 4]. To bed at 2 A.M. Mosquitoes kept me awake, little sleep, am to have net envelope tonight; weather v hot. Trees along streets planted 100 yrs ago, water oak, handsome, streets unpaved, stores shabby, a few grand pillared ante bellum mansions. Spent the day driving and sailing with Dr. Mohr and Prof. Smith, botanist and geologist; had good time at the University in the forenoon and a steamer and banks of the Black Warrior River in woods tangled with vines and cane breaks; saw Coomia and Micheaux oak, chesnut oak with white smooth bark, and a very tall and noble looking, the finest of the white oaks; a beautiful river even now, how fine in its wilderness. Steamers reach ten ms above this since locks were made. Liked very much Dr. Mohr, grand benevolent old man of 74, enthusiasm of youth, still bright tho’ health feeble; Prof Smith also, active simple kind. [Oct 5]. Start for Chattanooga on back track for N; not easy to go farther on acc fever, badly fleabitten. Stomped over 4 hrs at Birmingham, at lunch and took electrical car for Red Mtn for tress; red oak, black oak, chestnut, persimmon, gum cherry, black Jack, white oak, Crategus, etc. Very hot, walk till tired, rode on cars to see town, a busy iron furnace place, railroad center, fine gen view from Red Mtn. had funny time finding right car. Start for Chattanooga at 4:20, arrive 8:50, write these notes and to bed in New Southern Hotel. Wrote to Helen, R. U. Johnson and Prof. Butler.
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 15 cm.
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