John Muir


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place we have been, no matter how cold, a state of things due, no doubt, to the nature of their food. The women melt snow in their mouth, and then let their babies or small children suck out of their mouths. Saw a woman to-day try to give her 18 months’ old child a drink out of a small tin pail that contained melting snow, but could not on account of the movements of the canoe on the waves. Then she filled her own mouth and held her child to her lips while she discharged the drink like a dove feeding its young. She seemed amused and pleased when I sketched her and her child. The glaciation of the coast here is well marked, the movement of the ice being nearly in a S.S.W. direction. There is also a considerable deposit of irregularly stratified sand and gravel along this part of the coast. It intends for 15 or 20 miles, sometimes rises in crumbling bluffs 50 ft. high, and makes a flat, gently sloping margin, in front of the mountains, from 100 yds. to several miles in width. The bay is moreover nearly closed by a bar, probably of the same material.

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