John Muir


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Palms along the delta the commonest of trees. September 29th. Fine, bright weather still sky along horizon, never clear of clouds. Rain and rainbows around the sky rim. Woodlands Hotel, Darjeeling. Warm at night. Calm, pleasant morning. Many of the passengers had their mattrasses brought on deck last night. First officer tells me we have made the record trip from Rangoon, about an hour shortened. Rather warm, expect to reach Calcutta dock this evening. So tomorrow hope to get off to Darjeeling. Met Dr. Smith yesterday who has been traveling far and wide in study of cats, tigers, etc. He knows many of my scientific friends. Mr. Jas. Taylor, Mrs. Herbert’s father 592 Franklin Avenue, Columbus, Ohio. Reach dock at dark and get everything ashore and to hotel, the “Grand” without trouble, thanks to Dr. Smith. Rooms in Annex, queer place. October 1st. After coffee, set off for Botanic Gardens. Ride through suburbs 5 or 6 miles. Saw marvelous variety of people half clad or naked. Gardens fine trees and gravelly walks and drives; interesting Arecanas, Terminalias, palm. The famous Banyan tree most interesting. Reached hotel about 11:00, and had breakfast. Packed and took train for Darjeeling at 4:00 P.M. Ride through palm groves and rice fields, rather picturesque, houses of natives thatched. Rice in small patches. Very warm. Cross river and eat supper on boat at 8:00 P.M. October 2nd. Slept passably well. Still on the great delta which from Calcutta to foot hills is 370 miles wide. Change at steep foothills to narrow gauge mountain railroad. The view of purple hills exhilarating.

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