John Muir


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poles hewn on two sides, so that they may be bent, the points coming together not in the middle but on one side away from the direction of the prevailing winds, and the frame covered with skins. No great pains are taken to keep them rainproof, so that in wet weather they are damp and muddy, but there is comparatively little rain in the Arctic regions and the deerskin tents or drawing-rooms inside are kept perfectly dry and snug, whatever the state of the main tent may chance to be. The two huts at this place are quite small and more leaky and dilapidated than usual, the skin cover composed of a thousand pieces sewed together as if made chiefly out of scraps, cloth, seakskin and deerskin making one colossal patch. The head of the family in an apologetic tone, said that he had not made the tent, that it formerly belonged to someone else and that soon after he came to take possession it was torn open on one side by bears that broke in to get

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Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.

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