before. Exactly the same ceremony was performed over the other that was killed, only that the blood was sprinkled to the northward. The flock all this time were tranquilly chewing their cuds, with dreamy eyes, not disturbed by the smell of blood even which makes cattle so frantic, and not even turning to look. The captain was anxious to procure a young one alive to take home to his children, but they would not sell one at any price, and when we inquired the reason they said that if they should party with a living one the whole flock would die. It had been tired, they said, and seemed very sure of the truth of the assertion. Gave example of someone years ago who sold a deer from one of the flocks that fed about this bay and that all the flock were taken sick in a way the
Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.
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