90 [where] it is safe from enemies [There] we hunted only one day. Brown was fortunate in obtaining a good [view] of an old ram, with [ ] grand & massive as a buffalo. He got within 20 yds when [he] bounded [majestical] without getting a shot. As their sign was nowhere plentiful it was clear that they had not yet come down from Mt Shasta [It was] We therefore resolved [that] to set out next morning for the Van Bremers Mtn one the most noted [homes] stronghold of the sheep in the whole Shasta region [where] Large flocks [we] were assured [abide] both winter & summer [The second journey from Sheep is about 35 miles] long ride [& took] took us a day & a half, it lay over in this new [hunting] [ ]
91 Wide stretches of [sage] [plumes] interrupted by [with] rough [lava] [ ] mostly timbered with [yellow] [pine] and junipers. On our way we reached [Butte] creek about 2 o clock of [the] first day. A favorite [home] of the antelope. After lunch Brown Hep & [Jerome] went out from camp to hunt them, & Hepburn shot a fine buck antelope [outstanding] [ ] of 20 was brought in after dark (he brought him forward to the campfire & held up his [head] & [set] steadied him upon his feet. [He was a truly beautiful animal] The light fell on [beaut] stranger & all his features stood out in startling [impression] [in the bright pitch pine light] Its large [beautiful] eyes [ ]
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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