John Muir


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filthy place. Sargent seems pleased.

August 30th. Still damp and cloudy and running wearily back through millet fields to Harbin, will probably get there this P.M. Arrived at 10:00 A.M. Stay here until 3:00 P.M. when we again go back 200 miles or so into first mountains to south of here to botanize. A day or so while waiting repairs on line to Port Arthur. No one knows when they will be completed. Start at 3:40 P.M. Rain. Warm, muggy weather. Barometer 650. Many on train going this way via Vladivostock to Port Arthur. Wish we were, but of course Sargent won’t, and he has me in his power. August 31st. Arrive at station in the mountains, 1600 feet elevation, at daybreak and in pouring rain. Crouch for a while back of brick wall, then go to porch of restaurant where I lie on bench all day in horrible pain - indigestion after 3 months of abominally cooked food. Start back to horrid Harbin at 5 or 5 P.M. Arrive at 6:00 A.M. After dreadful night of pain. I told Sargent that we would probably be compelled to go via Vladivostock and Japan after all this passing 5 times over part of road on account of broken bridges. He never seemed to think of me sick or well, or of my studies, only of his own (?), until he feared I might die on his hands, and thus bother him. He was planning another botanical trip to some point on the Sungari, going by steamer, and leaving me alone at some hotel or lodging house. But fortunately learned the railroad might not be opened for a month, and that a steamer would leave Vladivostock on the 3rd or 4th. So back north we again went this evening September first.

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