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    Samual Hall Young (Author)

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Excerpt: ...very happy. 'Ah!' he sighed, 'I'm glad to be in camp. The glacier almost got me this time. If it had not been for the beacon and old Pg 117 Tow-a-att, I might have had to spend the night on the ice. The crevasses were so many and so bewildering in their mazy, crisscross windings that I was actually going farther into the glacier when I caught the flash of light.' I brought him to the tent and placed the hot viands before him. He attacked them ravenously, but presently was talking again: 'Man, man: you ought to have been with me. You'll never make up what you have lost to-day. I've been wandering through a thousand rooms of God's crystal temple. I've been a thousand feet down in the crevasses, with matchless domes and sculptured figures and carved ice-work all about me. Solomon's marble and ivory palaces were nothing to it. Such purity, such color, such delicate beauty! I was tempted to stay there and feast my soul, and Pg 118 softly freeze, until I would become part of the glacier. What a great death that would be!' Again and again I would have to remind Muir that he was eating his supper, but it was more than an hour before I could get him to finish the meal, and two or three hours longer before he stopped talking and went to sleep. I wish I had taken down his descriptions. What splendid reading they would make! But scurries of snow warned us that winter was coming, and, much to the relief of our natives, we turned the prow of our canoe towards Chatham Strait again. Landing our Hoonah guide at his village, we took our route northward again up Lynn Canal. The beautiful Davison Glacier with its great snowy fan drew our gaze and excited our admiration for two days: then the visit to the Chilcats and the return trip commenced. Pg 119 Bowling down the canal before a strong north wind, we entered Stevens Passage, and visited the two villages of the Auk Indians, a squalid, miserable tribe. We camped at the site of what is now Juneau, the capital of...
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  • PDF | 32 pages
  • Samual Hall Young (Author)
  • RareBooksClub.com (27 Oct. 2012)
  • English
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  • Travel Holiday

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