Appendix to Argument of the United States Before the Tribunal of Arbitration to Convene at Paris

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1893 - Bering Sea controversy - 610 pages
 

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Page 547 - Co., p. interest and consider that it places the matter in a thoroughly impartial way before its readers. It has been so carefully prepared and goes into all details so fully that we can add but little to it. There are, however...
Page 224 - So easily are the seals controlled that, when a drive of bachelors is made to the killing grounds, a guard of two or three small boys is sufficient to keep them from straying, and from the general band any number from one upward can be readily cut out.
Page 481 - Last year 1 seen thousands of such pups, and 1 saw many of them opened, and in all cases there was not a sign of food in their stomachs. I never seen a pup that had a mother living to suckle it look poor or sick or starved; nor did I ever see or hear of a sick or diseased seal, although I have eaten the flesh of the fur seal all my life, and it is and has ever been the staple meat ration of our people. Seal meat is cooked at the company house every day while seals are to be had, and it is eaten by...
Page 241 - The seals are never driven at a greater speed than 1 mile in three hours; and the men who do the driving have to relieve each other on the road, because they travel so slowly they get very cold. In a very large drive a small seal may be smothered, but that does not injure the skin, which is taken and salted and counted to the lessees; and the greatest number I ever saw die on the drive was 20 out of a drive of about 9,000 seals, and the 20 skina were good and were accepted as "first class.
Page 44 - I have. Q. For how long a period? — A. Ten years. Q. Have you been master of vessels thus engaged? — A. I have been nine years in the sealing business. Q. What is your name, age, residence, and occupation? — A. My name is Daniel McLean; age, 43; occupation, Daniel McLean, p.
Page 534 - The quantity was increased in 1864 to 20,000 skins. This contract remained in force until the Alaska Territory became the property of the United States. In addition to the salted skins covered by the contract last referred to, Messrs. Oppenheim & Co. also received during these years about 10,000 skins from the Russian-American Company per annum, which were dried in the old-fashioned way and not salted.
Page 221 - If the seals were let alone in the water we could manage them so as to again build up the rookeries. We are so familiar with their habits, and they are so accustomed to us, that there is no difficulty in managing them so as to make them increase. They are easy to handle, the little pups are not shy of us, and even when they are older in the fall they can be handled much easier than sheep. I can manage...
Page 532 - Land. — An island in southern Indian Ocean, discovered about 1772. The shores of this island were teeming with fur-seal when it first became known. Between the date of its discovery and the year 1800 over 1,200,000 seal skins were taken by the British vessels from the island, and seal life thereon was exterminated.
Page 350 - In 1890 our hunter in the stern boat secured 60 seals, and lost over 200 seals that he wounded. The Indians make a sure work of it, and secure nearly every seal that they spear. They do not make so much noise in approaching a sleeping seal as the white hunters do. When an Indian in a canoe is approaching a bunch of seals asleep' on the water he does not remove his paddle from the water, but dexterously and noiselessly moves it in the water, because the least sound would awaken the seals. The hunter...
Page 416 - ... firm. That from the year 1880 he has been in the habit of buying skins from American and English vessels engaged in what is now known as poaching, and that he has personally inspected every cargo bought and seen unloaded from the poaching vessels, and subsequently seen and superintended the unpacking of the same in his own warehouse; that the most of the skins above mentioned as purchased by him have been bought from the poaching vessels, and that of the skins so bought from the vessels known...

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