Life with the Esquimaux (2)

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 224 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1864. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III. The "George Henry" free from her icy Prison--Dog "Smile" capturing a Seal--Fresh Fish caught--A Walrus-attack on the boat--Islands in Frobisher Bay--Innuit Diseases--Consumption--Return trip through Lupton Channel --A11 the Ice disappeared--Great Heat--Travelling over broken Ice--Dangerous Leaps--The "Rescue's" Ghost--Superstition of Sailors--Ice-floes pressing on the Ship--Mate Rogers--Incidents of his Trip up theBay--Author's Plans for exploring--Leaves the Ship--Takes up his abode with the Natives--The "George Henry" departs--Author's Visit to the "Rescue's" Hull--Arctic Robins--Unexpected Return of the Ship--Opening for Missionary Enterprise --Pemmican, best Mode of preparing it--Nice Distinction as to what is Work --The Fashions--Suzhi the heaviest Innuit. On Wednesday morning, the 17th of July, 1861, we were delighted to find that our ship had broken from her eight months' imprisonment during the past night, and now swung to her chains in the tidal waters of Eescue Harbour. But it was only in a pool she was free. Ice still intervened between our anchorage and the main bay, and we could do nothing but wait yet longer with whatever patience we could command. I myself was getting quite impatient. Time was passing on, and no chance yet offered for my going away on one or other of my intended explorations. What could I do? I was, at times, as if crazy; and only a walk on some island, where I could examine and survey, or a visit to my Innuit friends, helped to soothe me. But the reader will feel little interest in all this; I will therefore pass on to some other incidents of my voyage. Ebierbing had been out one day with dogs and sledge where the ice was still firm, when suddenly a seal was noticed ahead. In an instant the dogs were off toward the p...

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