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were used to help the coolies to see their way.  We have had to stop for the night in an inn eight li from Lin [[superscript]] ^[[2]] [[/superscript]] Guan [[superscript]] ^[[1]] [[/superscript]], where we expected to spend the night.

I am very tired and so are all the coolies.

I consider myself very fortunate that one or more coolies did not fall down and smash some of the collecting outfit.

June 27.  Today we have crossed what is about the worst road that I have ever travelled over.  Sometimes we would be on the side of a perpendicular cliff, the roaring stream directly below us, and the ledge less than two yards wide.  There were hard climbs up, and hard climbs down.  There are places where the road goes along the sides of perpendicular cliffs, poles being stuck horizontally into holes in the rock, and other rough rails or lumber being laid on these poles so as to make a bridge.  There are many of these bridges, and the Chinese call them crooked bridges or uneven bridges.  There are places where the bridges are directly over the roaring stream.  A horse, mule or cow cannot go over this road.  Some of our coolies simply could not make it to Moupin because of the bad roads with the hard climb and descents, so we are in a small, dingy inn 20 li from Moupin, having travelled today only 40 li. [[image - planks of bridge]] [[image caption]] plan of bridge looking down from above [[/image caption]]

It rained this afternoon.  Tonight I have lighted both gasolene lanterns, and we are securing the best catch of moths that we have caught since my last furlough.  There is therefore a little recompense for not reaching Moupin today.

The Roosevelts passed through here this spring.  Most of the Chinese do not realize that there are two brothers, and call ^[["him" [[Chinese characters for Tai Tsi]] ]] [[strikethrough]] T Z [[/strikethrough]], or Tai [[superscript]] ^[[4]] [[/superscript]] Tzï [[superscript]] ^[[3]] [[/superscript]] which means heir apparent.

The coolies had a very hard time today.  Last night three of my Chinese collectors went on into Yuin Kuan.  They could not secure beds, and two of them have colds today.  All slept poorly.

There are high mountains on both sides of us, and the hills are all covered with forests and bushes.  Nature has a much freer hand here than in most parts of the world, and biological specimens seem to be more abundant.

June 28.  We secured one of the finest catches of night moths, last night, that I have ever secured in Szechuan.  We worked until 12:30.

This morning we started soon after dawn.  The mere shack of an inn we stayed  in last night is called [[underline]] Gav [[/underline]] ^[[Gao]] [[superscript]] ^[[1]] [[/superscript]] Dien [[superscript]] ^[[4]]  [/superscript]], often written [[underline]] Kav [[/underline]] ^[[Kao]] [[superscript]] ^[[1]] [[/superscript]] Tien [[superscript]] ^[[4]] [[/superscript]], or "high inn."  Its altitude is 3300 feet according to the barometer.  

On the road this morning, when passing a farmhouse, I imitated a chicken's squalling.  A woman, a child, and two dogs came running out to catch the thief who was stealing their chickens!!!

The coolies took nearly 1/2 day to go 20 li, thus up-setting to some extent the program of the day.

The magistrate here is an old Suifu friend of mine.  He will do everything  
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