John Muir


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he was a good and honorable man and that if the trade was stopped he would give back all that he had received and go home, leaving the ivory on deck heedless of what became of it or who got it. The woman of the party, perhaps 18 years of age, merry and good-looking, went among the sailors and danced, sang, and joined with them. While crossing from St. Lawrence Island to Plover Bay a week ago, one of the officers in fun brought forward a brother officer to be introduced to a very homely old man, and invited him to shake hands. This, after looking at the officer, he refused to do, when his wife came forward and urged him in the tone of a teacher giving lessons in manners. He still refused, however, no doubt seeing that they were only in sport, when for his boorishness she dealt him a hearty slap and gracefully offered her own hand instead. The bark ____ is keeping us company. She came from the North about 7 o’clock and anchored near us. Lieut. Burke was sent aboard of her in the life-boat with 6 rowers. On their return, the gale being increased, they had a long difficult struggle to reach the steamer, scarcely at times holding against the wind and scud with which they bay was a streaked, with all six oars strained to the utmost. They were in some danger of being

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Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.

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