John Muir


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Barbados English Colony. Beautiful island. Not mountainous. Land rising in terraces - fertile. Sugar cane principal crop. Palms, mango trees, and alligator pears, etc. About one hundred steerage passengers came aboard for Para, and five cabin. Had to be rowed a mile or more to ship at anchor. A lively scene getting aboard. Mostly negroes. Made still livelier by little, sinewy, lithe, brown, and black boys diving for nickels. One dived from upper deck of steamer. Another dived from his little skiff, passed under the keel and bobbed up on the other side. The weather showery so did not go ashore. Most of our fifty passengers on way to work on R.R. around Madeira Falls. August 23, 1911. Dark, showery most all day. “Regular Amazon weather,” said the water at our table. August 24, 1911. Beautiful sunrise. Many colored barred clouds. Magnificent cumuli with fluffy white edges resting on level base of dark-slate or sooty colored masses. Cumuli of every shape, many like leaning trees, others erect, with horizontal filmy high clouds back of them, mostly whitish. 4:00 P.M. Rain back of the vessel’s course S.E. and N.W. Another shower ahead. Very black, now. Lat. 10 deg. Quite warm, of course. Smaller showers have

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