less, but now at 11:00 P.M. it seems still to stretch on leaving no bare “steppe” of which so much is said. A beautiful effect was made this evening at sunset by the rising of a smooth white mist over most of the ground, heaviest where dampest, nearly all the country was covered with smooth, shallow, silvery mud-like water in both the birch belts and patches rose like islands. About 4:00 this afternoon, we crossed the great Irtish River, branch of the Ob, seemed a mile wide and very muddy and sluggish. The barometer all day about 250 feet above sea level. No use can now be made of it. Omsk on the Irtish is large imposing town. August 6th. 4:30 A.M. The same vast grassy prairie, swampy here and there and lakey, but everywhere the horizon is fringed with this wonderful birch. 6:30 A.M. It seems to be increasing in abundance. Coming close to track showing flowery openings of considerable size for miles. Half an hour ago, we crossed small river with marshy borders. Large herd of cattle already out with patient herdsmen. The track being repaired in many swampy
Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 16 cm.
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