In Search of a Siberian Klondike (Google eBook)

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Century Company, 1903 - Gold mines and mining - 315 pages
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Account of Vanderlip's travels in Kamchatka and on the shores of the Okhotsk and Bering seas prospecting for gold, 1898-1899.
  

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Page 222 - ... again, and dwell under the earth. They think the earth is flat, and that under it there is a firmament like our's, and under that firmament another earth like our's, in which when we have fummer they have winter, and when we have winter they have fummer. With regard to future rewards and punifliments, they believe, that in the other world the rich will be poor, and the poor will be rich.
Page 79 - Ashland in the summer, and twenty in winter. Mrs. Clay is the first up in the morning, and the last to bed at night. When General Bertrand was a guest at Ashland, he was much astonished at the extent and variety of duties discharged by Mrs. Clay, and at the activity and system with which they were accomplished. The servants, in...
Page 222 - ... of life : even the very fmalleft animals they imagine will rife again, and dwell under the earth. They think the earth is flat, and that under it there is a firmament like our's ; and under that firmament another earth like our's, in which when we have fummer they have winter, and when we have winter they have fummer. With regard to future rewards and punifhments, they believe that in the other world the rich will be poor and the poor will be rich.
Page 214 - ... it with threads to make it lie clofe ; by this means they have fuch a quantity of lice that they can fcrape them off by handfuls, and they are nafty enough even to eat them.
Page 317 - Oh, you are a steam-whaler," and his face fell. "No, not a whaler," I said. "Well, then, what are you here for?" he asked curiously. "I am on the same errand as you." As soon as he comprehended, he was terribly angry, and apparently wished me at the bottom of the sea. He turned on his heel and walked away, without doing me the courtesy of asking me into his cabin, although it was raining. But one of the Americans stepped forward, and I was taken to their quarters, where explanations followed. I told...
Page 317 - As soon as he comprehended, he was terribly angry, and apparently wished me at the bottom of the sea. He turned on his heel and walked away, without doing me the courtesy of asking me into his cabin, although it was raining. But one of the Americans stepped forward, and I was taken to their quarters, where explanations followed. I told them the situation, how that we had carefully prospected all along the coast, but had found no gold. I felt I was doing them a favor to let them know that there was...
Page 217 - ... liquor. Curiously enough, after recovering from one of these debauches, they claim that all the antics performed were by command of the mushroom. The use of it is not unattended with danger, for unless a man is well looked after he is likely to destroy himself. The Koraks sometimes take this drug in order to work themselves up to the point of murdering an enemy. Three or four of the mushrooms is a moderate dose, but when one wants to get the full effect one takes ten or twelve.
Page 219 - The fishhead is laid on the floor at the foot of the ladder, and the bride and all who follow step on it, after which it is thrown into the fire. The bride is stripped of all her superfluous ornaments, and the company take their places about the room. The bridegroom builds a fire and prepares the food, which had been brought for the purpose, and entertains the people of the village.
Page 223 - ... drowned himfelf. They reckon it likewife a fin to bathe in, or to drink, hot water, or to go up to the burning mountains. They have befides thefe innumerable abfurd cuftoms, fuch as fcraping the fnow from their feet with a knife, or whetting their hatchets upon the road. This may, however, be faid, that they are not the only people who have ridiculous fuperftitions. Befides the above-mentioned gods...
Page 317 - ... efforts. Meeting some Americans on his return, he describes the report which he made to them. "I told them the situation, how that we had carefully prospected all along the coast, but had found no gold. I felt I was doing them a favor to let them know that there was no use in spending time and money in a search for gold along the Siberian coast of Bering Sea. Whether or not they believed me, I cannot tell.

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