At Karimskaia, Barometer 2150 feet. Lift above station about 6:00 P.M. running down left bank of beautiful river, size of Tuolumne on rather narrow valley glacier showing a few miles from station a well formed so-called Hanging Valley tributary and glacier trends well marked. The ordinary forest, which seems to have suffered sorely by fire - many bald patches on slopes, and many densely forested by plainly young trees. The main Manchurian line crosses the river on fine new iron bridge about 10 versts beyond station Karimskaia. Line here laid with heavy rails. Branch line for the Amur steamer route keeps on down the river. August 12th At 8:20 A.M. Still an hour and half from Strietensk[Sretensk], the river, branch of Amur now about size of Sacramento, flows in picturesque valley, low beveled mountain walls. Willow meads glacial in trends, plainly forested on shaded south side mostly bare on sunny north. Trees as usual far as can see. Wild cherry. Barometer 1750. Barometer 1650 at Strietensk 10:00 A.M. Around 4 ½ hours late and lost mailboat, another which sails to day has no accommodation. Next mail sails in 5 days. Crossed the river from railroad station to the steamer landing on ingenious ferry. A steel cable from the boat
Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 16 cm.
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