8:30 A.M. Temperature 70. Went a few yards from track at small station and gathered handful of flowers. Tall ranunculus, silene, pink flowered milfoil, climbing pea, bright pink flowers, long pedicilled in loose panicles of 3 to 8. Flowers 3/4 inch wide across wings and glows in grass like fire, fine purple comp like liatris, alchemilla, phantago. Yellow compound ray flowers, many and narrow, dandelion, foxglove, potentilla, mint, polygonum and several tall and umbelliferous plants which make brave show, strawberry abundant berries small now ripe, delicious, bought some from girl on platform. All the roadsides in Russia where I have been are flowery from the Crimea to Arctic Ocean. Water standing in ditches some places this morning. Large areas do not appear to have been planned, wild prairies islanded with birch, grass almost everywhere tall enough for the haymaker. Hay said to be worth a dollar a ton. The brave birch seems like a weed in the flowery prairie. At 6:00 P.M. Temperature 84. Have been running through level rather marshy country all day with millions of birch, 20 or 30 feet high in usual belts and patches like islands. Very little grain of any sort, rye, wheat, patches of buckwheat and potatoes. Most of country looks like a wild vast prairie, birch perhaps about 1/10 or less of area, probably
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