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ESKIMO I: VI, LET IS w. r. l.oi-r, Eiiiur. Pnbluhal at the "Alania Missiiat" of The American M/»■ iiam ry A m nation. we FiiiM'R Of Walks. Alaska. Why do iidelll-evt uativoH t_M.nliu u«- to go di< h ng Hunting trips wit! out akfapt? I: it m ease <t rogleet on th,. part of the “Ong n>;ka’* (women), ■ i- do the lug suppers und bail air of t ieir s eepin 'apartments deprive them of their motidng appetite? il\e!V Eskimo who hue murdered a white n un in this regitn, has l atl a 1 ud reputation aim ng his own people. That cue of the Diomede Eskimos lias muiderod a white man does not signify that these people have a feel ing. ot prejt dire against those not of their own rare. In rottl ng their own troubles, generally brought about by domestic disturbances, or drunken (p arrels, they have always resorted to killing by stealth. A white man w ho settles* among a people, isolated as these are, must take his chauces with them. •‘There is no new thing under the the sun", not even pneumatic tires. The Eskimos ha\o used pneumatic Itob-slcd runners forages. The ease of Too-nuk’a hoarding i vory, illustrates a trait, often seen among tho more ambitious Eskimos. They have been known to hoard val uable furs. Ivory, and even money, preferring to suffer from want. In sick ness and “starving times”, rather than part with them. AN ESKIMO LEGEND. Long ago, whoa wild doer wore olontlful, a young hunter who bail re ♦.'irueil to his homo on the coast f/otu a sueee sful dt-er hunt, sent h s wi'e with a dog sled, to haul in the door ne had killed and cached in the hills. On her way home with her load of meat, her dogs stopped and whined us if scared. After some urging, they wont ahead, hut as the moon rose, the woman saw the cause of their fright. For there, on each side of her sled, were two woLos. Their gauut fierce look, frightened her. She immediately Vit a pain in her stomach. As she near ,-d her home, the wolves disappear , d. lint the palu with which they had nfilleted the woman, increased during tlio night, aud resulted in her death before morning. The husband wrapped her tody in a wall ns skin, and placed it on a rude drift-wood scaffold. Hut on the follow ing day, when ho visited tlie grave, he found it robbed, ami the snow under it, was covered with tracks made by two wolves. Aiming himself with bow uml ar rows und spear, he followed the tracks 1 and soon discovered that they chang ed to human foot-prints, ami b< tween them, tracks of a third — a woman, i Follow ing their trail for hours, it took him to a cave-like house in the moun tains. lie entered and found liis wife seated on the floor between two young men, sons of an oid man and woman who were the only other occupants of tin* house. Her captors refused to give her up. After much talk, tin y promised to let her return home for one year, it the husband would give them Lite eop por knife-blade, which was lashed to ; the end of his spear, llu agreed to this. As they where leaving, the oid man added, “In one year iny two sons will come after her, and bring her hack, and neither your charms, nor your nieilii Ino-meu can keep her from i us”. ,li After returning homo, she lived lu constant dread oi the “wolf-brothers' . ! She feared they would come und rtcai her away before the cud of the year. She follow id her husband wherever lie w«ut, ami never once ullowed him out of her sight Near the close of the, year, a wise old woman announced that the wolf brother* were nowon their way to get the wife. The people then prepared to defend her. All the powerful charms aud medicine men obtainable, were securetl for her protection. They lashed her to a post, in the middle of of the “Kosga' , with so much seal thong, that only her face was visible. Scores of men, armed with bows und arrows, remained there to guard her. Others where stationed in the recess along each side of the long under ground passage, which led to the door. When the wolves arrived at the en trance, they becaime men. They walk ed down the loug passage and entered unharmed. In their presence the arm ed m 'll, and charms becume powerless. At a touch from the older wolf-broth er 111 * lashings dropped from the wom an, and they carried her out. l’eeovering from their spell, the people ran out-sido, but the wolf orot.hers had disappeared with tie woman. A searching party followed them to the mountain, /hit in the place of the former house, they found a common wolf-den. Tho Fourth of July was celeb a Led by au Iuter-Coutluoutul foot-ruce. K me- uk, of East Cape, Siberia, won the first prize, and Se-ke-woke, of C. P. of W., tho second. The course was over tliree miles of hard sand b< a h. A largo brown boar wnn.leted into tho village hist June. His presence croatoil so much surprise, tin t he ea sily escaped unhurt. Oc-nal-ik, and Pe-suk-too-uk me tin* only men In towu, who wcur lubiets (ornaments worn in punctured lips'. CMvaw-sook went to Candle C.ty it! November, and sold his own dog. ytid five, belonging to his ncighbois. for £40, and $45 each. llo soys ‘‘Candle is all right. ” Ad-loo-nt Is spending the winter in Massachusetts. The wood-cuts which appear In the “Bulletin,” where made by him, before he hml enjoyed the ad vantages of civilization. Ok-ba-ok has a quantity of furs, hand ed down from his grand-father, which are known to bo more than sixty year-t old. The time-honored custom of tatoo ing the chinsof the little girls, has lie come obsolete. There have beou 18 births, ami 7 deaths during the year. Six polar bears, “plenty” seals, eight whales (calves), ih the hunting score for tin; season. Ah-woot nuk made a record with ids canoe last summer. In .Inly he Hailed aeons the strait, trailed lor a bout loud of Siberian deer skins, and 1 returned. Then he sailed to Kotzebue Sound, and exchanged these skins for red fox, beavor, and otter skins. Ite turning from the sound in October. Im sailed across the strait again, and purchased another bout loa l of deer j skins.