Jan. 9. Foggy and drizzly most all day, and strange to say, cold. Sea lighter blue, from land particles. Expect to arrive at Squakum, a German settlement, early tomorrow, where most of our first-class passengers leave us, to go back into the interior about three hundred miles to diamond and gold mines at a village called Windhuk. A farewell dinner was given them this evening. The dining room was elaborately decorated. A few goodbye speeches full of hearty good wishes were made, and replied to by one of the passengers, after which the room was darkened and a band of grotesquely disguised waiters, stewards, etc., marched in and made the round of the tables. The nose of each illumined by an electric bulb.
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 17 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
John Muir, journals, drawings, writings, travel, journaling, naturalist