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August 1, 1924. Travelled 70 li, about 20 miles. No birds, one weasel. A fine day for insects. Stayed for the night at Sä' Wan'. Heard that the Bolotsi [[underlined]] aboriginies [[/underlined]] ^[[aborigines]] had attacked Chinese soldiers and defeated them. Guess Songpan official was right in forbidding us to enter their territory. Mammal No. 9. Spent night at Sä Wan'. [[image - hand-drawn Chinese character]]

August 2, 1924. Reached Shih[[superscript]] 5 [[/superscript]] Da[[superscript]] 4 [[/superscript]] Kuan'. Secured some good insects, nine birds, and one small mammal. Occasional showers, and a rough road. Arrived tired. The fleas were terrible. Two birds were useless. 
Birdskins 383-389. Mammal No. 10. 

August 3, 1924. Made a long, hard trip of 90 li. to Mowchow. It must have been thirty miles, but doing so saves one day of travel that we can use in collecting. We will make eight stages in seven days. Two birds that the skinners did not finish last night spoiled on account of the heat. We reached Mowchow at dark to find all the inns full of people. After a long time we found lodging. A very late supper. The country on the lower levels, near the road, is semi-arid land; has few insects excepting wasps and bees and, very few birds. 
Birdskins No. 390 - 392. [[underlined]] At [[/underlined]] ^[[For]] dinner ate five Chinese biscuits, two eggs, and some salt. 

August 4, 1924. Travelled sixty li. A dry, arid district, with few insects and birds. A strong wind made it harder to secure insects. The snails below Mowchow are quite interesting. Mowchow is a little over 100 miles from Songpan, 360 li, 400 li from Chengtu or about 130 miles foreign. I have walked every step of the way since leaving Chengtu. 
Bird No. 393. 

August 5, 1924. Travelled to Neichow' ^[[Weichow]]. No birds worth killing. Met at [[underlined]] Neichow' [[/underlined]] ^[[Weichow]] Rev. Thomas Torrence, [[underlined]] T.R.G.S [[/underlined]] ^[[FRGS]] In his church is a foreign stove in which I was able to dry all my insects. He and I start tomorrow morning for [[underlined]] Manchuan [[/underlined]]. ^[[Wenchuen]] One helper sick. Took pictures of Chiang aborigines. 

August 6, 1924. Reached Nen[[superscript]] 2 [[/superscript]] ^[[Wen]] Chuan [[hand written accent symbol written above "a" in Chuan]] Shien. Fired two shots at long range at a mountain goat - did not get him. Repacked for a trip on the high mountains. Aborigine king has made arrangements to help me get the goods. Mr. Torrence, [[underlined]] P.R.G. [[/underlined]] ^[[F.R.G.S.]] introduced me to him. Dismissed unnecessary coolies. Bird No. 394. Left some boxes at Nen Chuan. [[hand written accent symbol written above "a" in Chuan]]

August 7, 1924. Sick during the night. In the morning felt very weak and tried to vomit. Mr. Torrence kindly let me ride his horse 20 li. This rested me up. Then walked 40 li up a canyon to an aborigine settlement. On the way one carrier fell off the bridge into the swollen

Transcription Notes:
"ä" accent marks are handwritten. Not clear if mark over u and a in Chuan on August 6 is an e or a c.

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