Report of the Cruise of the Revenue Marine Steamer Corwin in the Arctic Ocean in the Year 1884, Volume 30 (Google eBook)

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1889 - Alaska - 128 pages
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Page 29 - The sides of New Bogosloff rise with a gentle slope to the crater. The ascent at first appears easy, but a thin layer of ashes, formed into a crust by the action of rain and moisture, is not strong enough to sustain a man's weight. At every step my feet crushed through the outer covering and I sank at first ankle-deep and later on knee-deep into a soft, almost impalpable dust which arose in clouds and nearly suffocated me.
Page 29 - ... but a thin layer of ashes, formed into a crust by the action of rain and moisture, is not strong enough to sustain a man's weight. At every step my feet crushed through the outer covering and I sank at first ankle-deep and later on knee-deep into a soft, almost impalpable dust which arose in clouds and nearly suffocated me. As the summit was reached the heat of the ashes became...
Page 11 - ... necessaries of life. They are not required to work, although such as desire are given remunerative employment. By reason of the high price allowed for the labor of skinning seals, these people are able to earn in less than two months a sum amply sufficient to maintain them during the entire year— a sum much larger, in fact, than the average amount received by laboring men in the United States for a year's work. In addition to this, they are supplied free of charge, with a quantity of fuel,...
Page 84 - The woman wore a belt or a piece of thong to confine her 'parka ' around the waist, and to it was fastened by short deerskin thongs bits of ivory, buttons, leather bags in which she kept tobacco, matches, and other small articles of value. After the snow bath she placed her babe underneath the folds of her
Page 8 - All of the natives are now living, rent free, in comfortable frame houses which have been erected by the lessees of the island, in place of the damp and unhealthy "barrabkies" in which these people X: Shelter \ 99 formerly dwelt.
Page 55 - We would have called the place Utopia, had not the mosquitoes nearly driven us wild. As it was, we named the halt Highland Encampment. Today we added 24.9 miles to the distance already made. July 18. ... Shortly after leaving the [Innuit] village we came to a part of the river where . . . the shoals extend in all directions. The velocity of the current was about seven knots, and it was only by bottling up our steam and getting out...

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