John Muir


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enable the navigator to know when he approaches the islands. The birds that summer about them also sure to indicate their position in thick weather. We went ashore and were greatly interested in strolling about the streets of this strange Eskimo town in the hillside, and examining the houses. Square skin boxes for summer, the skin walls admitting abundance of light, all window. It was like being inside of a huge yellow bladder. Substantial subterranean winter houses. Traded for odds and ends of ivory, etc. The natives had just returned from a long voyage to Cape Prince of Wales, Kotzebue Sounds, etc., for trading, buying ivory and furs to sell to the Tchuckees, who will take them to Russian fair at Ostrouvy. These people are true middlemen,

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Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.

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