April 23. Temperature at 7:00 A.M. 74°. Busy with packing plants, etc., and books. Mr. Merrill named many species for me in haste. The Bills called on me, pleasant to see fellow travelers again. Start at 11:30 A.M. for steamer on tender. Captain Ahern made everything easy, took charge of baggage, etc., and royally entertained me at house and club. Sailed at 12:30 P.M. Had good view of Corigidor Island and west coast of Luzon. Lovely scenery, seems to have boon glaciated in breadth of low valleys, shell-like in general. 45 Philippinos on board bound for St. Louis, a good looking set of men likely to exert favorable influence on their people on return. Overflow the steamer goodnaturedly. Have no state room. April 24. Temperature at 6:00 A.M. 84°. Very calm and finely blue. A good many flying fish. In smooth water they are unable to fly far, they need a wave-top to dart from. Temperature noon 86°. Philippino com__ good-natured lot. A few boys keep the decks lively. Slept well on sofa of Social Hall. Had long talks with Mr. Gilson who has traveled far and to more purpose and account than most travelers. Also to a Kentuckian in Government employ; also with Mr. Wardell and Mr. Shaw, teachers from Springfield, Illinois and Los Angeles, California.
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 15.5 cm.
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