28 like a crater. Side of hill grey with dirt because of melting white & clean when growing grand laboring of [convolving] spray silvery gray. Spray heavy & when belched & whirled over the lip of crater & cast up 100 ft or more above lip into the air still it speedily comes down & follows the slope of hill. Wild play of light in and around the mouth of crater in spray & water of [even] varying forms & [densities]. At first would be regarded as type of wildest uproar & disorder, like the like maelstrom, but it is interpreted by calm circle of light wh environs it & every dark & terrible abyss in nature is lighted with a like circle of love, every human wreck love circles from wh [they] cannot escape.
29 Can observe sect of mouth 75 ft deep, shows cone to be white & uncongealed. Spray travelled to grove of pines filling them with color of most wonderful effect. The wet pines brightly warmly [green]. Stricken with [bilious] of irised over flown foam. [waving] [ nobly] at [same] [time]. God scatters firebrand arrows & death among the fairest & dearest of his mtns [mountains] but they are scattered as stars, orderly. crossed slope of avalanche snow at foot of brook found a place to stand where if one had stood a few days ago he would have lost 20 lives if he had had that many. Dreamed on edge of precipice with friend [ ] with earthquake & all started down I said let us die calmly
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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