Image from page 77 of “Arctic explorations: the second Grinnell expedition in search of Sir John Franklin, 1853, ’54, ’55” (1856)
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Title: Arctic explorations: the second Grinnell expedition in search of Sir John Franklin, 1853, ’54, ’55
Year: 1856 (1850s)
Authors: Kane, Elisha Kent, 1820-1857
Subjects: Grinnell Expedition 1853-1855)
Publisher: Philadelphia, Childs & Peterson [etc., etc.]
Contributing Library: University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Digitizing Sponsor: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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with our anchors planted in a berg. In one of the attempts which I made with my boatto detect some pathway or outlet for the brig, I cameupon a long rocky ledge, with a sloping terrace on itssouthern face, strangely green with sedges and poppies.I had learned to refer these unusual traces of vegeta-tion to the fertilizing action of the refuse which gathersabout the habitations of men. Yet I was startled, as Twalked round its narrow and dreary limits, to find anEsquimaux hut, so perfect in its preservation that afew hours labor would have rendered it habitable.There were bones of the walrus, fox, and seal, scatteredround it in small quantities; a dead dog was foundclose by, with the flesh still on his bones; and, a littlefarther off, a bear-skin garment that retained its fur.In fact, for a deserted homestead, the scene had solittle of the air of desolation about it that it cheeredmy good fellows perceptibly. The scenery beyond, upon the main shore, might 60 E S Q U 1 M A U X 11 U T S.
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ESQUIMAUX HUT, have impressed men whose thoughts were not (Other-wise absorbed. An opening through the cliffs ot traprock disclosed a valley slope and distant rolling hills,—in fine contrast with the black precipices in front,—and a stream that came tumbling through the gorge :we could hear its pastoral music even on board thebrig, when the ice clamor intermitted. The water around was so shoal that at three hun-dred yards from the shore w^e had but twelve-feetsoundings at low tide. Great rocks, well worn androunded, that must have been floated out by the ice atsome former period, rose above the Avater at a halfmiles distance, and the inner drift had fastened itselfabout them in fantastic shapes. The bergs, too, wereaground well out to seaward; and the cape ahead wascompletely packed with the ice which they hemmed PETER FORCE BAT. 61 in. Tied up as we were to our own berg, we were forthe time in safety, though making no progress; but tocast loose and tear out into the pack was to r
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