April 29. Went aboard the Siberia in the afternoon, having use of the Company’s launch and changed my plants and repacked trunk and bags before the rush tomorrow. Introduced to officers, all polite. Harriman’s letter very useful and comforting. Dined with ship’s officers. View of Hongkong at night charming. April 30. Fine bright day. Got off about noon. Am now fairly homeward bound and happy. Had good view of the coast this afternoon. Purely glacial in mail lines and very picturesque outstanding islands with outlines proclaiming forms of greatest strength preserved through centuries of rain and wave-dashing and gnawing disintegrating wind waves and fog blankets.
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 15.5 cm.
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