Mr. Sargent and son have decided to give up the voyage down the Amur, on account of missing today’s boat, though another sails in 4 or 5 days. Would go on alone but can’t separate. August 13th Lovely morning. At 11:00 A.M. are nearing Karimskia, 3 fine mountain rocks in middle of river (sketch) Valley a short distance below station. Hard masses of strong physical structure rare in those slaty formations. Direction of trends parallel with the river valley. Wait for Manchurian train until after 7:00 P.M. August 14th Calm fine day. At 6:30 A.M. Barometer 2250. Temperature 62. We are now on long grassy prairie, not a tree or bush in sight except in distance the tops of blue wave hills ahead and behind seeing faintly at distance of 100 miles (?) either way, east and west to which the level prairie seems to extend. The hill on either side boundary the prairie north and south about 500 to 800 feet high, width apart about 15 or 20 miles. This most like one of our big western prairies have yet seen, grassy flowery, roughened with iris. No house or cultivation visible, a few herds of cattle. Lovely aster and bluebells. At 7:45 A.M. we are at Borzia[Borzya on the Russian-Manchurian RR, completed in 1903], the above note was written about 30 versts west of this station. At Borzia, quite a village, a stream of considerable size flows past on western side. The lack of
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