the village was about 2 ½ miles or more, and all the way on the nice. The first part, a mile or so, was very rough and it seemed impossible that a sled could be drawn over it. A run across the tops of sharp-roofed buildings would be smooth and regular compared to it. Up one side of a tilted jagged block, then down with a pitch and plunge, now swishing round sidewise on the sides of tilted cakes and through pools of water in blue hollows. On without a halt, the dogs keeping up a steady jog-trot, the leaders looking back now and then for instructions as to going through the worst places, the driver admonishing them by loud calls, but seldom striking any of them, while he jumped off and on a hundred times to steady the sled by a bent standard made for the purpose, so that I had not a single tumble and the Capt. Only two. These sleds are made very strong of bone and spruce, tied with leather strings and sinew, so that they give when twisted and thumped without breaking. They were about 8 ft. long and from 18 inches to 2 ft wide. Party of the way was over smooth ice in a bay that had not been subjected to the crushing, mashing, upheaving strain of the ocean ice, and over this we sped gaily, my Tehuchi driver frequently turning with a smile and doing his best to entertain me without knowing a word of English. It was a jolly and rare ride, this over the rugged ceiling of the sea, everything [Drawing – “St. Michael”
Original journal dimensions: 11 x 18.5 cm.
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