John Muir


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wounded, it kept its course along shore and the natives followed excitedly, ready to get another shot. They kept it in sight while it was 10 or 12 ft. under water, which they were enabled to do on account of its whiteness. Eight or 10 men jumped into a canoe and followed it, one standing in the bow with a spear. After swimming about a half mile and receiving four or more bullets from Henry and Winchesters rifles, it began to struggle and die. Then it ran ashore and received another shot in the head. As the boat came up and an Eskimo drove in a spear and the whale was taken in tow and brought back to where the first was killed, the crew, meanwhile, singing in triumph. Then a rolling hitch was made and a dozen willing hands landed the animal, a female. She measured about 12 feet in length and 9 circumference. They at once began to eat the tail and back fin raw, cutting off blocks of it and giving it to the children, not because they were very hungry,

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