homes. The whole country seems a government camp. Drive to so-called Garden Restaurant, 5 miles of the most horrible streets for holes, basins, pits, ridges and peaks made chiefly of mud. Harbin on its huge flat. Rain again and dark. Left Harbin at 2:30 for Mukden. Rain at 2:45 in rich rolling treeless prairie-like country, planted mostly to Millet. 4:30 P.M. Barometer 700. Same prairie, sunflower, millet, melons, etc. Still dark, rainy, extremely rich soil, glacial mud, silt reformed in slow water. Few clumps of trees on horizon. Mud adobe houses, thatch roofs, mud corral walls, some corn. 6:00 P.M. universal rain. Barometer 850. Dripping Chinamen herding cattle and horses here and there, some with umbrellas. Nearly all cultivated or in pasture. The country is flatter than 2 hours ago. All looks like Illinois. August 29th. Barometer 650. Cloudy. The same prairie and crops. All Chinese horses, poor and sore. Groves and single trees here and there. Willow, poplar, tillia or elm (?), mostly not a stone to be seen. Houses mud, framework wood. The whole country beautiful in features of low swells and ravines with hills dotted with trees in distance. Seems to have been cultivated every inch of it time immemorial. No wild flowers in it, only weeds by waysides and in pastures, rose colored polygonum, the showiest. Chinese here keep hogs which they herd. The largest ever saw have enormous ears, look like baby elephants. We are running back to Kundeline - 3 bridges said to be washed out ahead, going back all the way to Harbin. Don’t know how long may have to wait in that
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