Manchuria. Large number of ladies and gentlemen at the train to see American Courier off. Found a young man at Hotel who is from San Francisco. He is on this train - is going to mining region near Tomsk, has made several journeys over the railroad before. Is employed by big firm in laying hydraulic pipes in placer mines. Prefers Russian mines to Alaskan on account of cheapness of labor - 50 kopeks a day, and cheapness of provision, etc., railroad fares and freights. Bought sack of frozen milk for half rouble, but 2 cents per pound, etc. Great pleasure to hear English spoken. August 2nd Had good bed, slept pretty well, rained early this morning, is raining now, 10 A.M. quite cool. Most of country a wheat field, rolling hills, dark soil, grain now in the shock mostly, good crop, belts and blocks of timber, (oak, birch, alder, etc., small) presenting monotony, a few meadowy marshy places, streams, ponds, white pond lilies, lonely looking herds out in the gray rain with flocks, droves of cattle and horses. Elevation 600 feet. Glaciated. P.M. quite warm, hot. But little change, waving gentle swells, a fair streams in very wide valleys as in all post glacial streams. Vast wheat fields and bits of forest, grain being cut, large
Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 16 cm.
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