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Drifted Out to Sea.
Continued from page I. \Ve found at least seventy-five men ahead of us. They were seated around the numerous patches of open water between the Hoes. By the middle of the afternoon, most of these hunters had killed their seals, and had stal l ed to drag them home, a distance of eight or nine miles. Wo were less successful. \V'e missed the few seals we saw, because incom ing up to blow, they only exposed the Ujs of their uc-jes and eyes. Throughout too day we kept, working southward, when changing our position, so as not to drift Into the Arctic. Not wishing lo return homo Without a seal, 1 lingered behind, hoping to get one. But hear ng the danger call, Kto-ook! Koo-ook! Kno ook! given by someone who had reached the shore ice, I knew the wind had changed and I would have t<> run lor my life. 1 svas t «> late. When I arrived, l found a channel 01 water, and slush lee, one hundred yards wide, between me and my brother, who was standing on tho shore Ice. The wind was In • rettslug, and the channel was w.deuing o\ - »uy minute. I hastily put on tny snow-shoes, and made two atteini s in cross. But each time l got into the water up to my waist, Darkness coming on, 1 gave tip all hope of being able lo cross. 1 called to my brother and told him l was a little wet. 1 pulled oiT my is lots, poured the water out of them, wrung tln» water trout my deer sox, and tho bottom of my seal pants, and then put my s io sen again. The change made my feel veiycold. and it kept me kicking them to g tin t all night, to Keep them from freezing, i u.. de a little aimw shelter, but did not dare tu to mini siill in it very long at atlnie. Dur ing the n ght l ate almost till my dried ap ples. I s opt none. W hen ii.iy.'ight came, 1 hardly kui'w which way to go. The weather was thlek. Out from a s ight brightu ss in the sky, where I thought Ihosun ought to tie, 1 concluded the wind was still Irom the east, and so 1 decided to ! i find my way to tlio Diomede Islands. 1 put >t n • s tow-shot », and stalled in a south . n r direction About 10 o clock, the ptak ha k oi the t ape was tidble a few minutes, si 1 knew the wind was still in the easf, and t s long . s It continued front that, direction, it would ho a safe guide tor me. During the night 1 had drifted north west from the Cape. The ice was quite level. I walked fast, and sometimes mil. About noon 1 had iinighed tn> dried apples. I looked all day to set* the Is 'tnds, hut the fog never lifted enough for me u> get a glimpse of them. I travelled as long as 1 lould so. 1 had a miserable night ot it. My clothing was still wet. 1 slept none. When day-light came, 1 started off In a south easterly direction again. About i.oou the log lifted, so that I could see the base of the is amis directly west of me. so 1 changed my c<niise accordingly. After I hud gone a short distance on my new course, 1 saw a Po lar boar and her cub. They were lying on the ice, near some open water. My course brought me within i860 yards of them. Hut l was too anxious to reach land to think of stopping to shoot them. Just alter I had pass ed them, they plunged lulo the water, am! disappeared. During the afternoon of this second day, 1 felt very lonely and down hearted. 1 was so weak by this time, that 1 had to walk tery i slow, and rest often. Once while n sting, I by prostrating my self on the Ice. I felt that 1 had no strength to go on, and must give up and die where I was lying Hut a * o ce seem ed to say tome, Klh! Klh! Kilt! ( go ahead.) I obeyed, and did not stop until 1 had roa< h- ; ed the shot e-lee of the “bn all Diomedea." j As t stepped from the driftli g ice field, to 1 the solid shore-ice, l felt that I was saved, I found a sheltered place, under a projecting rock, and passed the night us I had the two previous ones, ouly ft seemed much linger, , and colder. The creaking, and groaning of | the drifting Ice-floes, grinding against the | shore-ice, sounded good to me, because it constantly reminded me, that I was on Im movable loe. Daylight came at last. I started to go a round the northern end of the Island to the village, which I thought was about throe miles away. But l soon discovered that all the shoro-iee on this end of the island had gone out. The shore was too steep to climb, so i had to retrace my steps, and try to reach the village by going around the south east end of the Island, a distance of about 8 miles. Fortunately, I found a little shore ice all the way around. But It was bo rough, that It took me all dty to reach the village. My feet bothered me in walking, i had slight-' ly frozen the bottom of all my toes, during the night. .lust us i arrived at the village, a woman on top of one of the houses saw me, and shouted down through the sky-wimP>ws, “No tax-ite has come." The people all rushed out of their houses to give me a welcome, and hear the news from the main-land. But when they discovered my condition, they lost no time In taxing mo into the Kosge, ami placed a dish of boiled walrus moat before me. They then made me some tea, and “Muk powruks,"(doughnuts fi led In seal oil). With the ext option of the dried apples, this was the lii'Ht food l had tasted, since the supper 1 ale at home, ninety six lours before. A tier three weeks of feasting hero, Saiu, Chief of tin' Big Dlomedes Island, s 'iitasled to haul me to his settlement. I spent a very pleasant Week with them. Every family In sisted on feasting mo to the best they had in store. Alter i returned to the Small Dlomedes, r arranged with a friend of mine, to go home with me ea soon ns the ice was favorable. To my great Joy, the wind began to blow from the north-west, in a few days the Ice was packed into the strait, between the Is lands, and the Cape. On the morning of M arch 8, we started, and reached the Cape a little after dark." GONE IN QUEST OF A WIFE. Ow.Hook failed to return homo from Real hunting, ouo day in Mai eh. It i« supp. soil that ho went to the islands, in quest of a wife. Miss Ok-zi-ya, an island l elie, who lnul been wintering here, and whom he had i ouited unsuccessfully for .Sev ern! months, had gone home, a few days previous to Ow-sook's depaiture, with two relatives, who were returning to the island. It is thought that she fled to her island home, to avoid furth er nttenth ns from her Cape lover, but that this now proof of his affect ion for her, will bring about a suooests fu 11 termination of his winter's court ship. HOARDS OLD WAL RUS IVORY. Toe-nuk, of Im-ang-nok, (35 miles up the coast,) came to town a few days ago, with ten walrus tusks to trade. 1 They weighed about 75 pounds, and represented the accumulation of eight; years of “beach combing.” He failed | to make a deal with the ooma-liksl (tiaders)here, and hauled them back home. This summer’s storms may throw m> more 8e-loo (dead walrus), and add a few more tusks to his hoard. The Cape Reindeer Transportation Co., is always prepared to take contracts for winter freight ing. A few sled-deer for sale. Jas. Keok, Manager. *i* T* ^ *$**$* ^ dh* 4* A, Jjt.Jk.jtkL.Jk.j6t.jtk $tk t/W Polar Bear Skins for Sale at TAN-E-NA’S. Kl-YA-TOO-MEET KOS OJi. Larged Social Hull, Gymnasium, ami Work shop in town. Open, day and uight. Galleries piovided for children, [ Free to all. J CLASSIFIED ADS. LOST. a OST — Jmle Labn-t. Ketiun t i Pe I—* bi k-too-uk. LOST — Ivory Ear-Kinga with Line tet*. Kings conmcttd by five strands of ltd, white1, ami blue brads. Ketum to K, in raie of tin* Lull* tir. FOR HALE. F OR HALE ~6v-imMiksTA 1U 1/t.H, 20 to 40 feet long, — (Jive mo yoi i order, a year before 3011 want your boat. Ma lig-zro-uk. FOR SALE — Whale, Walrus, anti Heal blubber, hermetically tied t p in seal bugs. Dried fish, and berries, taken In exchange. Kit-sen-mi. C* OR HALE — Pokes for pueuim.t. * ie bob-sled runners. Tlicy ure jot what you need h r hauling your boats over the rough ice. Ali-mok-a-wun-ut, and Father.