October 9, 1911. Heavy rain, with cold wind and lightning last evening at ten o’clock. Rained pretty steadily after 8:30 this morning until noon. Fair but cloudy in the afternoon. Went to Botanical Gardens with Mr. Harell and party. The views of the mountains along the magnificent avenues of royal palms are peculiarly striking. Never before saw Yosemite and Alaska glacial dome and cliffs amid palms and tropical plants in general. As a Botanical Garden this one ranks far from high. Many plants unnamed, while those that are have the letters of many of the names weathered off. But as a City pleasure park it is very fine. The bamboo here are the finest I have ever seen, although in Ceylon many of the bamboos are taller. The Garden is situated at the foot of the Corcovada Mountains toward the southern extremity of the fine Praia. In the forenoon bought a ticket to Santos on the steamer Voltaire, 10,000 ton ship. Very tired, with long walks and waits. October 10. Sailed for Santos at five o’clock this afternoon. Went aboard with Mr. Mendes at 8:30 in the morning. Found Mr. Harell, who introduced me to Mr. Bouchet, Superintendent Of the
Original journal dimensions: 7.5 x 13 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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