John Muir


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like a wreck driven by the waves. She filled so soon after being crushed that the crew had no time to save much, most escaped only with the clothes they had on. A cask of hard-bread, two barrels of pork and beef, 12 bushels of potatoes, and some canned meats were thrown over on the ice, together with a few chests of clothes, but the natives carried them all to their village and kept them, demanding tobacco when the sailors asked for bread. The natives climbed into the rigging as soon as she was given up, and cut away and secured all the sails, which they prize highly for sails for their traveling canoes and for covers for their summer huts. Then they cut away all the lead pipe they could find for bullets and got out whatever trinkets and food they could lay hands on, tossing them over on the ice. Pt. Barrow Eskimos. They are becoming perfect as wreckers, or pirates, as the seamen say, almost rivaling white m en in these accomplishments, so great has their experience been. In giving up the ship so soon and allowing them to assist in taking the stores, chronometers, etc. out of the ship and carrying them to the village, the Captain made a mistake, as they considered that everything belonged to them, even the chronometers and quadrant, and a general division was made among themselves as soon as they reached the village, and before the crew came nearly everything had vanished. All the crew, 28 persons, excepting

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