the huts of the Aleuts here are very picturesque at this time of year. The grass grows tall over sides and roof waving in the wind making fine fringe about the windows and door. When the church bell rings on Sunday and the good calico covered people plod sedately forth to worship and the cows on the hillside moo blandly and the sun shines over the green slopes then the scene is like a bit of New England or Old Scotland. But later in the day when the fiery grass is drunk and the accordions and concertinas and cheap music boxes are in full blast [then] the noise and unseemly clang attending drunkenness is not at all like that of a Scotch Sabbath. Most of the Aleuts are mixed with Russ[ian]. Many of them dance well had 3 balls while we were here. That is American balls with native women. The Aleuts have their own dances in their small huts.
Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.
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