Arctic Researches, and Life Among the Esquimaux

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 446 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1865 Excerpt: ...out fine, I thought of taking a trip to a place called by the Innuits Sing-ey-er. Accordingly, I procured the services of Ebierbing and started; but in two hours afterward there came on thick weather, and every indication of a storm. We had, therefore, to abandon the journey and return. While we were out, however, and I was engaged taking observations, I heard a cry, "Mr. Hall!" I looked around, and saw Ebierbing, at a little distance off, crawling out of a hole in the ice into which he had fallen. I hastened to his assistance, but before my arrival he was out, and fortunately without any injury.. As I have before mentioned, it is risky traveling on the sea-ice at this season of the year, on account of pools of water just beneath a covering of snow. A traveler passing along over an apparently excellent route often finds himself unexpectedly floundering in water, and the cause of this danger may be explained in the following manner: I examined several of these " man-traps"--as they really prove to be--and found large leaves of seaweed within these holes in the ice. Any extraneous matter, such as this seaweed, stones, ashes, etc., put on the surface of the ice, absorbs the solar heat, and soon sinks down into the ice, forming a water-hole not only the size of the object itself, but encircling quite a space around. A driving storm may afterward cover the surface with snow, and thus make a perfect man-trap. Soon after our return on board there was an arrival from Cape True, where the George Henry's officers and men were staying to prosecute whaling. I learned that they were all doing well in the way of fresh food, ducks, walrus, etc., being abundant. On the second day of June a party of Sekoselar Innuits, six in number, came to the ship, and...

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