John Muir


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Besides the carvings on wood, the Indians about Wrangell have worked in stone to some extent. A ledge of slate jutting out into the bay a mile from the town is covered with rude figures, a sample of which I have here copied. The head of a hog shows that they are not very ancient. but at the rate our steamer was going we saw we would be twice as long as the estimated time in making the trip. I would fain have gone on at any cost but the divines, as they are called, esteemed the cost of reaching and saving the souls of the Chilcats as too great. Like the Macedonians, these savages so warlike and inflexible in their opposition to the entrance of miners into their mountains, called for the missionaries and invited them to establish a church and school in their midst; but the Cassiar sailed {sketch}

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