John Muir


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mouth of this S branch fiord. It comes down within about a thousand feet of sea level. From what I saw of this bay and learned from an Indian resident of the village, a hunter of seals, it is formed thus. I spent about a day and a half in the S fiord. Camped the second night here [on diagram] among the bergs, got into the main channel on way home at half past two P.M. Nov. 14th. Found a good wind and reached a harbor after much groping in the dark, a few miles N of Hobart Pt. at the mouth of a shallow bay. Nov. 15. No wind. The Sound glassy until noon when a S wind sprang up just after we had crossed the mouth of Port Houghton B[ay]. We pulled on west, we reached a safe harbor on the island five or six miles north of Cape Fanshaw. This point we reached at 1 o’clock P.M. while a light rain was falling. John got out with a breach-loading rifle to hunt deer. He killed a handsome buck 3 years old 3 or 4 minutes after leaving camp, which the Indians are devouring with the minister who was much excited at obtaining meat. He hurried away to help bring it in, taking the butcher knife and a rope. He came in with {Sketch: View of Sitideka (Ice Bay) looking northward – distance of middle gl[acier] 20 ms.}

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