John Muir


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being no match for them. First they broke into a lumbering trot; then, into a panicky, walloppy gallop, with fewer and fewer halts to look back, until they reached the far side of the ice-field and plunged into the water with a splash that sent the spray ten feet into the air. They then swam, making all haste towards a larger floe. If they could have gained, they would have made good their retreat. But the steamer gave chase at the rate of 7 knots an hour, headed them off, and all were shot and without their being able to offer the slightest resistance. The first that was overtaken was killed instantly at the second shot, which passed through the brain. The other two were fired at by 5 fun, fur, and fame seekers, with breach-loading heavy rifles, about 40 times ere they were killed. From 4 to 6 bullets passed through their necks and shoulders before the last through the brain put an end to their agony. The brain is small and not easily

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Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.

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