April 21. Temperature 77 at 6:00 A.M. Set off early on steam launch for Tamoa (?). Had glorious day in perfectly wild forest across the bay 25 miles, directly west from Manila. A few stations on the mountain slopes are used by collectors. At others, many plants are raised from seed on slopes, for use in parks and gardens. The wild forest a few miles up the east slopes is very beautiful and rich in species. April 22. Temperature at 6:00. Fine, cool, bright morning. Sparrows English, common here, familiar on streets and roofs. A glossy green blackbird, size of Stellar Jay on tree tops breakfasting on fruit. Spent day in the morning in laboratories and shops of Bureau of Forestry. In the afternoon on excursion by sail up the aluvial plain of Manila, 50 or 60 miles with Captains Ahern and Penn. A most instructive trip, saw many villages, rice fields, battlefields. Rice and corn and sugar - fields bounded by rows of most beautiful bamboo, a species exceedingly delicate and graceful in in form and motion, branched like a fir. Land very fertile and carefully worked. Rows of cane and corn narrow, yet plowed with one buffalo without apparent waste by breaking or crushing. A fine low volcanic cone, 3000 or 4000 feet high, tree-clad, rises in midst a grand landmark. Captain Penn with maps made all plain.
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 15.5 cm.
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