after stop of 5 hours. Until dark, running through grand black rich grain country. Had glorious view of Elbruz about 30 miles from Mineral Station. Never saw cloud and snow and ice more delicately blended. The double peak, slightly yellow in tone; a broad bar of clouds separating base and top. Another good view this P.M. shortly after leaving Mineral Spring Station. Also grand cluster of lofty peaks to the left as you look from here. To the left (W) a dozen miles or so, from Mineral Station. From Irkutsk to Lake Baikal, the road follows the Angara, the outlet of Lake, making a rise of 400 feet. Lake 420 miles long, 10 to 60 wide. Streitinsk on the Shilka, where change is made to the River Amoor[Amur], 1428 miles to Khabarovisk, then 253 miles to Vladivostock, or change to Manchurian line straight to Vladivostock. Blagavostchensk - the chief town of Irkutsk and the Pacific. Bydarra on sea coast, elevation 1600 feet, fine view and hotel, 40 versts from Sebastopol.
Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 16 cm.
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