to get on a friendly footing with them, enquired whether they would sell us some dogs or go with us to seek our lost friends. They objected that they needed their dogs and could not go with us, one of them giving as a reason that he had four boys and two girls and a wife to work for, and that they had very little seal meat and he must stay at home and hut for (as Joe interpreted in the language he had learned viz. whaler English) he was already hungry like hell. Then we assured him that we would leave plenty of good food for his family and pay him well if he would go. But he decided that our friends were [Drawing – “Tehuchi Joe’s boy, 2 years old.” not along the Coast else he would have heard tell of them, that they were all dead long ago, and the journey was useless. IT could not be made anyhow at this time of the year, the [ice] was too soft and rough and the snow was melting and big rivers were in the way that we could not cross, for they run like hell. Certainly these men were not anxious to get a job. Two of them at length consented reluctantly to go, after we assured them that we would pay enormously whether the trip were successful or not. Then we intimated
[Drawings “View of glaciated rocks from back of St. Michael’s – hard black vesicular land.” “Plover Bay from lower anchorage.”]
Original journal dimensions: 11 x 18.5 cm.
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