January 12. Bright weather, few clouds. Wind freshening. A good many passengers vanishing from sight on account of sea-sickness, though the motion as yet is slight. Many flying fish are seen and small black albatrosses. Occasionally a large one of ordinary kind seen in museums. Met Professor Brigham, Director of Museum at Honolulu; fine vigorous old man of striking appearance, acquainted with Professor Sargent; was his classmate at Harvard. He also knows Miss Graydon, Professor Brewer etc.
January 13. Head wind increasing in force, ship pitching a good deal and fine masses of dusty spray is exploding with a thudding sound on her bows which, driven by wind, keeps the deck wet. Sky is dark, rather gloomy looking out and in. The sick, sicker and many who held out against the first approaches of the trouble have now abandoned the table. Many, however, deny their sea sickness, saying they are only suffering from slight stomach disorder on account of eating too much, indigestion etc. Why are they ashamed of it?
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 15.5 cm.
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