John Muir


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is more important than the ivory in good years, and furs also in considerable quantity are traded. By all these means they obtain more of the white man’s goods than is well used. They were probably better off before they were possessed of a single civilized blessing – so many are the evils accompanying them! A large walrus is said to weight from 1 to 2 tons. Our Chukehi passenger does not appear to entertain a very good opinion of the St. Lawrence native. He advised the Captain to keep a close watch of those he allowed to come aboard. We asked him to-day the Chukehi name of ice, which he gave as “eigleegle.” When we said that another of his people called it “tingting,” he replied that that was the way poor common people spoke the word; but that rich people, the upper aristocratice class to which he belonged, called it “eigleegle.” His father, being a rich man, had 3 wives; most of his tribe, he said, have only 1. At nine o’clock in the evening we were still more than an hour’s run from St. L. Island, though according to reckoning we should have reached the northeast of the island at 8 o’clock. We had been carried north about 16 miles, since leaving St. L. Bay by the current setting through the Strait. The water, having been driven south by the north gale, was pouring N. with greater velocity than ordinary. The sky was a mass of dark, grainless cloud, banded slightly near the N.W. horizon; one band, a degree in breadth above the sun, is

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