60 or 70 miles on left coast as we approached Para of glorious forest, very dense. Many magnificent domeheaded giants looming above the crowded multitudes in most imposing grandeur. A few openings on ascending ground, twenty or thirty miles from Para, with pale yellowish beach and many buildings. Places of resort, for pleasure and rest from the hot city. Cumulus clouds ranged above the forest. Some of the dome trees solid, half hemispheres of verdure. Others with openings. Some with clear tall shafts, and a wide half-circle of dense foliage, like umbrellas, one hundred or one hundred and fifty feet wide, for sunshades or rain. Lots of palms in recesses along shore, and in coves of the lower woods. Arrived about 4:00 P.M. Very warm evening. August 29, 1911. Dead air alongside of dock. The Chief Engineer attached electric fan to current and the steward enclosed my bed in netting. The fan kept the air stirring all night so that I slept comfortably notwithstanding the heat. Called on Consul, who kindly offered his services in every possible way. Was introduced by Mr. Sanford, a graduate of Yale
Original journal dimensions: 7.5 x 13 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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