April 19. Temperature 7:00 A.M. 82. Calm, almost glassy. Have been out of sight of land since passing the _____ Strait yesterday morning. From the general flow of wild fire last evening, vivid discharging streaks of forked lightning were occasionally seen. Flying fish in great numbers dart away from the ship maintaining a level flight by rapid whirring wing-beats for 300 or 400 yards. Wing finds 6 inches long, 2/3 of body length. White cumulus clouds yesterday P.M. along east horizon. Cast wake lines of light on the water to the ship, one for each cloud distinct as those made by moon on glassy sea. Mindoro gloriously beautiful isle. Mt. Halcon 8865 feet high. Mt. Kalavite 200 feet near Cape Kalavita. Halcon near north end of isle in middle. April 20. Temperature 6:00 A.M. 77. Arrived Manila Bay 2:00 A.M. Calm lovely morning. Hazy volcanic cones and hills looming dimly. Went ashore in launch at 9:00 A.M. and after a wandering hunt of an hour, discovered the Forestry Bureau room in old palace and found Captain Ahern in inner room, who was glad to see me, after learning my name. Heartily insisted on gathering my baggage off the Empire and planned a trip into the woods for tomorrow. Took me to the Army and Navy Club etc., Met Mr. Fitzgerald who showed me many fine photos of Hetch Hetchy region made while making surveys for San Francisco Water supply; also met Mr. B. Baldwin and Superintendent of Public Instruction.
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