them a pencil sketch and assured them that the strange machine they were ranked in front of was altogether masinka. Gave them a little tobacco, needles, etc., hardbread and calico by way of presents, and pay for a heavy sword that one of them carried. They are a well behaved and not bad looking people, ready to part with anything they have, but very superstitiously concerned about their flocks. Their faces bronzed and weather-beaten by exposure to frost and sunshine watching their precious flocks against wolves. They had fed over all the tundra we saw. Their tracks about as large and blunt as those of cows. Flat or rolling low hills extend a long way back to mountains, perhaps 4000 ft. h[igh], with snow patches numerous, one of which looked like a small glacier, too far off and too imperfectly seen to
Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.
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