July 27. A lovely day, bright and calm and warm. Coaling ship from a vein in a sandstone cliff 20 miles N.E. of Cape Lisburne. In company with the Belvidere. Seeking fossils. Discovered only two species of plants. Coal abundant. Mined, took out, and brought on board 15 tons to-day. The Belvidere is also coaling and taking on water. 3 Eskimo canoes came from the S. this evening and camped at the stream which flows into the sea on the N. side of the coal bluff. The dogs followed the canoes along shore. After camping they came alongside, but not before their repeated signs of peace, consisting of throwing up hands and shouting “Tima”, were answered by the officer of the deck. This custom seems to be dying out, also that of embracing and nose-rubbing. July 28. Lovely, tranquil day, all sunshine. Taking coal until 4:30 in the afternoon. Then sailed toward Herald Island. I spent the forenoon along the face
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