Very Far West Indeed; A Few Rough Experiences On The North-west Pacific Coast

Paperback | January 15, 2012

byRichard Byron Johnson

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1872. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... 219 CHAPTER XVI. AN UNPLEASANT ADVENTURE. Leaving Queen Charlotte's Island, we made for a place called Quatseemo, at the north of Vancouver's Island. At this point we picked up a native to act as our interpreter on the west coast of the island. This Indian, named Jack, proved of great service, and, wonderful to relate, was faithful to us to the last. I think this result was produced by our determination to adopt a different moral tone with him, to that ordinarily practised with his brethren; in other words, to make a merit of trusting him instead of constantly showing suspicion. We found the experiment answer; for it put the youngster on his mettle to prove that our faith in him was not misplaced. I believe this to be the only course to adopt with a savage; it acts on his vanity to think that a white man will trust him at all; and the sense of having one's particular vanity gratified is the largest motive for gratitude in return that is known to man. How we like the man or woman who dexterously (or better still, unwittingly) flatters us! Depend upon it, both Damon and Pythias were first-rate flatterers, and each knew the other's weak points, while ignoring his own. At the next place where we stopped we found the savages to be a miserable, under-sized, and villainouslooking set of scoundrels. We traded but little with them, and kept a very sharp look-out while they were about, for fear of a surprise. At-night we had now the broad Pacific to sail away into, and we took care to avail ourselves of the opportunity to keep clear of such bad company as the people on shore. The following day we reached a considerable village, situated on the shore of a little natural harbour a few miles westward from Esperanza Inlet. We traded away the rest of our stock here, taking the...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1872. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... 219 CHAPTER XVI. AN UNPLEASANT ADVENTURE. Leaving Queen Charlotte's Island, we made for a place called Quatseemo, at the north of Van...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:January 15, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217651313

ISBN - 13:9780217651318

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