The New Eldorado; A Summer Journey To Alaska by Maturin Murray BallouThe New Eldorado; A Summer Journey To Alaska by Maturin Murray Ballou

The New Eldorado; A Summer Journey To Alaska

byMaturin Murray Ballou

Paperback | February 1, 2012

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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. 1889. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIX. Aboriginal Dwellings.--Mastodons in Alaska.--Few Old People alive.--Abundance of Rain.--The Wonderful Treadwell Gold Mine.--Largest Quartz Crushing Mill in the World.--Inexhaustible Riches.--Other Gold Mines.--The Great Davidson Glacier.--Pyramid Harbor.--Native Frauds.--The Chilcats.--Mammoth Bear.--Salmon Canneries. In some portions of the country the aboriginal dwellings are constructed partly under ground; this is especially the case in the far north among the Eskimos proper, on the coast of the Polar Sea. Such cabins are entered by a tunnel ten feet long, so low and small as to compel the occupants to creep upon their hands and knees in passing through it. The tunnel-entrance, which always faces the most favorable point, is covered with a rude shed to protect it from the snow and the severity of the weather. The cabins are conical in form, covered with turf and mud, a hole being left at the top to permit the smoke to escape. The fire is built in the middle of the apartment on the ground. Around the space left for this purpose is a platform of a few inches in height arranged for living and sleeping upon. At night, in extreme cold weather, a flap of skins is so arranged that it can be drawn over the opening in the roof which serves as a chimney, and thus, the entrance being also closed, the occupants become hermetiMASTODONS. 259 cally sealed, as it were, thoroughly outraging all our modern ideas of ventilation. Twelve or fifteen persons are often found together in such a cabin with its one room, where the decencies of life are utterly ignored, and where the stench to civilized nostrils is really something dreadful to encounter. This description refers to the winter homes of the people, where they hibernate like some species of wild animals...
Title:The New Eldorado; A Summer Journey To AlaskaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:88 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.18 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217123058

ISBN - 13:9780217123051