April 15. Showery, rainbow, sky about 9/10 cloudy, raggedly outlined cumuli, dimmed with nimbus, white or sooty black, even what seems pure sky is slightly veiled with filmy white. Very few well characterized separate well-developed clouds in tropic seas, or along tropic showers. The sea sends off vapor like a boiling pot. Climate like that of an old-fashioned kitchen on washing day. Was greatly interested yesterday in studying the natives, all their movements, poses and gestures, graceful though far from handsome in face, curly black or brownish hair. The little boy I engaged to carry my press formed a curious study. The boatmen conveying freight between the ship and shore singing delightfully to slow strokes of round-bladed oars. Lightning at night. Passed large island mountain 8000 feet. April 16. Temperature last evening 83°. Rain this morning and dull drumlie sky. Temperature at 6:00 A.M. about 82°. We are nearing the Equator without any marked change in temperature since leaving Sydney. Heavy swell without a single whitecap showing storm in neighborhood. Faired about 10:00 A.M. Got plants dry. Many flying fish. One flew into a state room by the porthole last night and so was caught. A good many sea birds, terns, albatrosses (?) etc., but few follow the ship. Passed several islands, one large, with high mountains, came in sight only two hours before dark so we get no telling views. Temperature at 3:00 P.M. 85°. At 6:00 P.M. 82°. Less than 5° of range of temperature between Sydney and the Equator. Crossed the line a little before
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