John Muir


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[1/2] 171 Commander Beardslee of the Jamestown is surveying the harbor. He has demolished all the Ind [Indian] whiskey stills in town & the neighborhood as many as he could find, 58 of them specimen of wh [which] he showed us—a common stove [tin] boiler lid sodderd [soldered] on & tin pipe soddered in crooked zigzags a few feet in length. into this a mash of molasses yeast & flour is placed & a coarse fiery liquor produced wh [which] sets the poor wretches crazy. He also found & seized 100 gals [gallons] of the poison. The Inds [Indians] complain that the whites taught them the manufature [manufacture] & sell the materials. Young the missionary has spies who inform of hoochinoo stills & steal them & pour out all they can lay hands on. Alaska Gold & Sil [Silver] Mining Co. have 35 men at work building flumes & extracting ore. A 5 stamp mill, a few 1000 dols [dollars] taken out.

172 Mamook [dakoyana] kopa mika tinas [Mamo Tako Ya] take pity on your children Sagkalie Tyhee mamook [clahow] yam copa mika tenas mamook konawaz nesika [Father] above have mercy on your children look kindly on us all in a [pleasing] [ ] tone & refrain. Quarrel with Chinaman. “You on my [squaw] mocking his words with [ludicrous] exactness & gestures also. Little black & tan lass 5 yrs [years] old singing merrily & throwing [an] arm up in dancing gestures. Salmon on wh [which] little [Dick] was [sitting] Land for supply of [hats] old Ind [Indian] Jim broke off huckleberry bushes laden with [ripe] fruit for the little ones. Singing “on [they] return [sweet] hour of prayer.

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