poplars, willow, rock meta, slates, sandstone, granite, basalt, over laid with bouldery drift. Barometer at 9:00 A.M. 700, at crossing of beautiful river with rock bluff banks. Moutan Kiang Kenlei-alin mountains, the range we crossed at 9 o’clock this morning. At 2:00 P.M. barometer 1000, in the beautiful valley 5 miles wide, but little cultivated, very flowery, bounded by finely sculptured hills. At 3:20 P.M. Barometer 1300, ascending charming branch valley, stream 10 feet wide; trees pine, spruce, oak, ash, elm, 2 birches, etc. Rock granite showing many gray-lichened cliffs. Large boulders recalling Yosemite granite. At 6:15 P.M. on what seems summit of divide, magnificently forested. Barometer 2000 feet. The cembra or cembra-like pine is very abundant, the principal tree of woods, though not as fine by far as at Taiga, broad, mossy mountains covered with it; trees 3 feet diameter, near 100 feet high. Large larch and ash, also. Hazel abundant, and birches. Train has been running very slow and making long stops since noon. Grand mountain views ahead. Saw glorious cumuli 2 hours ago, fairly glittering like icebergs on top. August 28th. 6:00 A.M. In broad flat, mostly cultivated. At Harbin, 7:00 A.M. Barometer 600, rainy. Harbin is situated on river flat, very muddy streets. When dry fill in ruts and sink-holes, the story of sea of mud. Large government buildings, intended for large town, like many others along the railroad, but Yankee enterprise sadly wanting or adventurous builders of
Original journal dimensions: 11 x 16.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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