in lusty strength, startling the dull solitude like the sudden flash of a meteor in the stillness and silence of night. It was a wild stormy morning we sighted land, snow and hail driven in our faces by a powerful howling blast, covering all the land and sea excepting a dim black and gray patch close about the ship. Suddenly the storm would lift, disclosing uncertain shifting glimpses of a bold, rocky coast, with faint hints of lofty mountains in the background, then settle close down again with more driving snow and hail. [Drawing – “Marcus Bay, May 27, 1881”] [Drawing – “On W. side of the Akutan Pass, Unalaska”] Groping cautiously along the coast, we at length entered the Akutan Pass. A heavy flood tide was setting through it against the northeast gale, which raised a heavy sea. The waves reared as if about to fall backward, while the wind tore off their white curling
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