that we were in search of, and that we were likely to find at home as their deer were feeding somewhere in the valley that stretched to the N. not far from the huts. As we approached the shore a young man came running down to the beach to meet us, bounding over the moraine bowlders with great speed and ease of motion, as if he had trained his limbs on the mountains for many a year and enjoyed running for its own sake. He was speedily followed by three or four others who gazed curiously at the steam-launch and at our party, wondering suspiciously why we should be so eager to see their deer. Our interpreter told them we should like to get a deer from them and offered good pay but they said they had none to sell. After a half hour’s talk they seemed to have gotten over their suspicious alarms and consented to sell the carcass of one provided we would leave the skin, which they said they wanted to make clothes for winter use. Then two young men, strapping fellows, threw off their upper clothes, and each
Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.
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