educational center of Siberia, has a University and has long been center of gold mining. Now the richest mines are 2 or 3 days journey away. From Tomsk to Irkutsk. We had long bid good-by to the prairies and now through a region of forest and heaving country side with many rivers to cross, and sighted at last the gaunt snow-covered mountains that wall in China. ‘Kleb’ - bread, 1 penny for a chunk - 2 pennies for “fransovzki Kleb” - French bread. Butter pat 2 pennies, berries etc., - 4 pennies. The never-ending regiments of trees, tall, slim, silver-barked. For 50 miles on each side of the line is a clearing and the dead trunks stuck up like black knuckles in miles and miles and miles of gorgeous undergrowth, blood red with clear yellow here and there. Ran through this forest for several days and nights. It seemed endless. Passengers ran off into the woods for berries or flowers when the train stopped at stations.
Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 16 cm.
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