55 protected by [reeds,] heaps of branches [piled] like huts the dead are rolled together & tied with grape vines into kind of bowlders & buried together with all that belongs to them. The [bours] are burned when they are being interred it is supposed that bad spirits are interfering with their flight to the happy hunting grounds will lie in the land of the setting sun & are reached by the milky way the bad spirits dwell in the east & therefore those whose duty it is to keep them back face the east
56 they say that white man & [dogs] will be swallowed up by the earth wh [which] will crack open for that purpose the belief that a great medicine man will come & deliver them from the oppression & diseases of the whites is pretty generally diffused The McClouds are a fine manly looking tribe but rather [heavy] & dull eyed. Conchululu is chief & a good looking fellow [straight] grave intelligent & rather mild & benevolent in appearance All have the [heavy] languid eye their limbs well formed & skin color of manzanita
Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 13 cm.
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