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1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 269            Chamonix

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 “glacier de bois” where the abrupt and
stormy sea of ice, rapidly descending
shows sharp peaks and ugly chasms,
across which we see the north
front of Mont Blanc, and far below,
the valley and village of Chamonix
with its white strings of roads and
Rivers-   the houses merely specks

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Thence by mule descending
zig-zag a mile further to the valley
where our mule boy is discharged.
3 francs,    thence across the narrow
valley to the base of the mountain
opposite, called La Flégère”,  along
the base towards Chamonix half a   [-Glacier de Bois-Looking towards Chamonix-]
mile until we strike the zig-zag path leading us up the face
of said mountain, up-up- much higher than any point we had
reached upon the Montanvert,  until we reach the inn,  a one
story Café, of whitewashed stone, two rooms- front half in one room
containing  a dining table, another table covered with jewelry and “truck”,
and still another holding three large travellers registers thick and heavy
two of them full, and one, half full, of names,   but here comes the fat
landlady- of whom we order a lunch- “No meat but mutton”! and that
must come from Goats, the only animals we have seen-   while the
lunch is underway we amuse ourselves with these registers.   They do
not simply contain addresses, but nearly every scribe adds some remarks
about the weather, friends left behind, or witty ideas,    to which ridiculing

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