John Muir


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but because they regarded it as so very palatable. Then a fire was built of driftwood looking back from the feasting Eskimos! Probably not a bit of the belugas except a little of the blubber, will be left by night. The attitudes of the riflemen as they watched the animal’s appearance above water, legs spread, rifle to shoulder, and eyes vividly on the alert, were very striking. These animals are quite abundant hereabouts, and used to be killed with spears that had heads made of stone or ivory. Whales were killed in the same manner. A much larger number of right whales is killed by the natives about the shores of Behring Sea and along the polar shoes than is supposed. Almost every village gets from 1 to 5 every season. Then comes

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Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.

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