is the great valley of the Neuzzi. August 23rd. 5:00 A.M. Dark, rainy morning. The woods mostly burned or cleared off. Ground flat. At 6:15 arrived Kabarosk, raining hard. Barometer stands at 625, probably corrected height about 3 or 400. Jacobs, squared with this evening, including 1/3 of his expenses up to yesterday. Rained nearly all day, stayed indoors after getting damp and rheumatic on long ride from station to hotel, difficulty in finding rooms. August 24th. Fair, but cloudy. Went down the river along the right bluff bank to a garden where there are magnificent views of the wide Amur Valley and its mighty flood of dingy water drawn from a thousand fountains in the mountains. The Ussuri, one of its greatest tributary rivers enters the Amur a mile or 2 above this point. The width of the Amur when the current is swift, 4 or 5 miles an hour, is about 3/4 of mile at the narrowest, but probably this is not the whole river though apparently larger than the Mississippi at New Orleans. All the banks and bluffs, far and near, are densely forested, willows, alders, spruce (Picea Gleni (?)), Philodendron, ash, maple, walnut, wild rose, orange family, Tillia Manchuria, Larix dehourica, corylus, apple, pear, Crategus, oak, Manchuria, Rhamnus, vib(?), dogweed, etc. In general like flora of Japan, less so than Vladivostok, says Sargent. Fine station of Muraviev, Amurskii, Count, General Governor of East Siberia, conquered Amur region (?) Mountains on left side Amur Valley here about 4000 feet high?
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