at sunset faint orange. A few wisps and bars of cloud which make scarce any show. October 27th. Curious novel sunrise. The Arabian Sea calm here as lake - glassy - ruffled in patches as if by rain drips. Sky pale orange or peculiar tone and quality. Not the faintest hint of any sort of cloud. After sunrise both sky and most of the sea white blue in ruffled patches when sky not reflected. A gray hawk evidently tired alighted on rigging this morning. Captain shot it repeatedly frightening, but evidently not hurt much, for it came back to its perch on the foremast to be again and again shot at, vanishing at last. The fine shot perhaps failed to penetrate the feathers. Saw 2 white gulls also. Distant from land 150 miles. Miss now the call of the Indian Mourning Dove, - “Baby is sick, Baby is sick,” uttered almost incessantly all over India from morning until night unspeakable mournful, like our own mourning dove about same size, tame, ring around neck.
Original journal dimensions: 11 x 16.5 cm.
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