Louie [Wanda Muir]
[Page 2] probably return to St. Michael and take on a fresh supply of coal and nine months' provisions, and go north again prepared to winter in case we should get caught in the north of Bering Strait. A few miles to the north of Plover Bay some 13 or 14 canoe loads of natives came out to trade; more than a hundred of them were aboard at once, making a very lively picture. When we proceeded on our way they allowed us to tow them for a mile or two in order to take advantage of the northerly current in going back to their village. They were dragged along, five or six canoes on each side, making the Corwin look like a mother field-mouse with a big family hanging to her teats, one of the first country sights that filled me with astonishment when a boy.
St. Michaels [Alaska]
1881 Jul 4
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 14 cm.
1881 July 4 JM to Louie
MSS 301 Shone
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1881 July 4 JM to Louie p1b