trade for specimens of ivory carvings, etc. A busy trade surfaced on the roof of a house, the only level ground. Groups of merry boys went skipping nimbly from rock to rock, and busily guided us over the safest places. They showed us where between the huge boulders it was best to attempt a landing, which was difficult. Though the sea was nearly calm, a slight swell made a heavy surf. One hut rose above another like a village on Yosemite walls. The whole island precipitous, so much so that it seems accessible only to ducks, gulls, etc. which flock here in countless multitudes to breed. In the afternoon, at Cape Prince of Wales, we lay opposite a large village whose inhabitants have a bad character. They recently started a fight while trading on board of a schooner. Many of them were killed, and they have since been distrusted not only on account of their known bad character, but also because of the [unusual] law of
Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.
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