John Muir


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blood revenge which obtains universally among these natives. They are noted traders and go fast in their large skin boats, which carry sails. While we were here a canoe, previously met by our search party, arrived from East Cape, a party of Chukehi traders, bringing deer skins from near Cape Yakan. They are in every way much better looking men than the natives of this side, being taller, better formed, and more cordial in manner. They at once recognized our third lieutenant Reynolds whom they had met at Tapkan. Fog at night; going under sail only. July 13, Lovely day, nearly cloudless. Average temperature of 50oF. At half past 5 in the afternoon we fell in with a schooner trading opposite an Indian village near Cape Espenberg. One of the boats came alongside the “Corwin” and traded a few articles. Nothing contraband was found though probably had been illegally sold rifles during the first part of her cruise. These trading vessels as well as whalers carry more or less whisky and rifles in order to obtain ivory, whalebone, and furs. They go, from coast to coast and among the islands, and thus pick up valuable cargoes. The natives cannot understand why the Corwin interferes with trade in repeating rifles and whisky. They consider it all a matter of rivalry

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