John Muir


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headland still streaked with snow nearly to the base; summit white close range. All the coast for at least 200 miles west from Cape East shows distinct glaciations, both general and local. Many glacier fountains well characterized. Indian village off here. Were boarded by 3 canoe loads of Indian seal hunters from E. Cape village. They traded ivory and shoes, called “susy” by their interpreter. We were anxious to tell them about our sledge party and enquired of one who spoke a few words of English whether any of their number could speak good English. He seemed to think us very unreasonable, and said, “Me speak good.” Got an eider duck female; very fat. In one of the canoes there was a very large seal, weighing perhaps 400 lbs. This has been by far the most beautiful and gentle of our Arctic days, the water perfectly glassy and with no swell, mirroring the sky which shows a few blue, cloudless spots. The sky is white as satin near the

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Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.

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