30 this is a noble death but after sinking it settled [&] [ ] escaped Yosemite Fall is a bible it contains Christs Sermon on the Mt [Mount] Cone is 250 ft h [high] March 11th 1873 About 500 ft broad at base surface generally dirty but not equally so Many cloud shaped patches of less or more dirty. [The] A small portion of the stream after its engulphment [engulfment] at the top of the cone reappears issuing from an arched opening at the base in its [the] old channel like streams from gls [glaciers] but far the greater portion after groping hither & thither in the dark is seen issuing from a similar arched opening at the base about 200 ft towards the E [east]. When it bounces out from the black cave it seems to be in a hurry as if glad to escape it separates into 3 parts all of wh [which] [&] rush[es] in a pelting plashing manner towards [their] old channel
31 on entering wh [which] the uppermost of the three is compelled to make a clear leap of 50 ft the other two make out to get down at [with] a somewhat lower place on the chan [channel] wall They are chafed & weary like
[sketch: ice cone & streams]
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.
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