From rock & crevice the pine & poplar bring their [branches] over the water. Not even the Ind [Indian] with all his [ ] & instinct for direction can find his way thro its blinding maze. Woe betide the wretched man who at such a time finds himself alone upon the prairie without fire or the means of making it not even the shipwrecked sailor clinging to the floating mast is in a more pitiable strait [Pursued] for [beef] for sport for the pastimes of his death Buffalo The bright colored lances of the Aurora
( In “Farthest North) (& First crossing of Aurora (Nansen) (Greenland) “Glorious show of northern lights in the southern sky—great billows of light rolled backwards & forwards in long undulating streams. The flickering of the rays & their restless chase to & fro suggested crowds of combatants armed with flaming spears now retiring & new rushing to the onset, while suddenly as if at given signals huge volleys of missiles were discharged. These flew like a shower of fiery darts—all directed at the same point—near the zenith. The Eskimo have a pretty legend of the northern lights, & believe them to be the souls of dead children playing at ball in heaven” “Compensation in the wonderful features of the sky. When the everchanging northern lights
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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