August 25th. Rainy. Leave this evening at 3:45 for Mukden. Fair at 3:00 P.M./ Barometer 500 feet. The town is about 50 years old, founded by Muraviev, named for helman of Cossacks Kabarosk - widely scattered, of slow growth, except the red brick government buildings, Ought to be large place at end of long fertile valley of the Ussuri. August 26th. Fine bright morning. Barometer 300 feet. 10:15 A.M. a fine rich, fertile prairie country, mostly unplowed as yet. Very flowery, asters, geraniums, spiraea, rose, hazel, few patches of wheat and buckwheat. Open woods and forests in distance, the nearest round-headed. Oak, elm, tillia, birch. Yesterday from 4:00 P.M. till dark in rather swampy woods, trees slender 1 to 1-1/2 feet diameter, 50 to 75 feet high. Birch, larch (dehourica with small cones, long leaves, very feather, but less beautiful, original and sturdy that Siberica.) A pine particularly abundant on hills nearly all with double or 4 or 5 tops kept parallel. May be cembra, has large cones, but none I have seen here approaches the glorious Taiga Cembras, either in size or port. The Spruce Glenni (?) also very abundant. All the woods the first hundred miles from Kabaroska have been severely injured or destroyed by fire. At 10:40 A.M. today, woods alternating with prairie with wheatfields larger in extent, beautiful
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