In the Lena Delta: A Narrative of the Search for Lieut.-Commander De Long and His Companions, Followed by an Account of the Greely Relief Expedition and a Proposed Method of Reaching the North Pole

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Houghton, Mifflin, 1892 - Arctic regions - 497 pages

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Page 29 - There she goes ! There she goes !" " Most of us had barely time to arise and look out, when, amid the rattling and banging of her timbers and iron-work, the ship righted and stood almost upright ; the floes that had come in and crushed her slowly backed off, and as she sank with slightly accelerated velocity, the yard-arms were stripped and broken upward parallel to the masts; and so, like a great, gaunt skeleton clapping its hands above its head, she plunged out of...
Page 36 - ... moccasins are soon gone. Many, many times after a day's march have I seen no less than six of my men standing with their bare feet on the ice, having worn off the very soles of their stockings. Nor would it have been possible to avoid this, since we could not have carried enough "oog-joog" skin, of which moccasin soles are made, to have kept alone our boats in repair.
Page 197 - September 28th, and, having been forced to wait for the river to freeze over, are proceeding to cross to the west side this AM, on their journey to reach some settlement on the Lena river. We have two days' provisions, but having been fortunate enough thus far to get game in our pressing needs, we have no fear for the future. Our party are all well except one man, Erickson, whose toes have been amputated in consequence of frost bite.
Page 36 - At first we made soles by sewing patch upon patch of "oog-joog." Then we tried the leather of the oar-looms, but it was too slippery, as was also the sheet rubber, which some of the men had thrown away. We used canvas ; sewed our knapsack-straps into little patches for our heels and the balls of our feet ; platted rope-yarns, hemp, and rnanilla into a similar protection, with soles of wood ; and platted whole mats the shape of our feet.
Page 274 - Omit no efforts, spare no expense in securing safety of men in second cutter. Let the sick and the frozen of those already rescued have every attention, and as soon as practicable have them transferred to milder climate. Department will supply necessary funds.
Page 452 - Struggling up the valley of death, against the frantic wind, from the low point to the westward of the camp, where we managed with difficulty to effect a landing in our whale-boats, we first came upon the remains of the winter habitation, a parallelogram of four walls about three feet high, built of loose stone, the inside dimensions being perhaps 18 x 22 feet, with a tunnel or covered way facing the mountain to the southward. This hut had been roofed over with the whale-boats turned upside down...
Page 192 - Arctic steamer Jeannette reached this place last evening, and are proceeding to the southward this morning. A more complete record will be found in a tinder case hung up in a hut fifteen miles further up the right bank of the larger stream. " GEOEGE W. DE LONG,
Page 341 - Ericksen (seamau), who died yesterday morning, and was buried in the river at noon. His death resulted from frost-bite and exhaustion, due to consequent exposure. The rest of us are well, but have no provisions left, — having eaten our last this morning.
Page 191 - Whoever finds this paper is requested to forward it to the Secretary of the Admiralty, London, with a note of the time and place at which it was found, or, if more convenient, to deliver it for that purpose to the British consul at the nearest port.
Page 29 - Towards four o'clock, the hour lor him to summon relief, he suddenly announced, in addition to his stage whisper to Bartlett, "Turn out, if you want to see the last of the Jeannette. There she goes! There she goes!

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