The Journey to the Polar Sea, by John Franklin















































































































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Indians and issued to the men who were to travel as - Page 330
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Robes Of Reindeer Skins Were Also Obtained From The Indians And Issued To The Men Who Were To Travel As They Were Not Only A Great Deal Lighter Than Blankets But Also Much Warmer And Altogether Better Adapted For A Winter In This Climate.

They are however unfit for summer use as the least moisture causes the skin to spoil and lose its hair.

It requires the skins of seven deer to make one robe. The finest are made of the skins of young fawns.

The fishing having failed as the weather became more severe was given up on the 5th. It had procured us about one thousand two hundred white-fish, from two to three pounds each. There are two other species of Coregoni in Winter Lake, Back's grayling and the round-fish; and a few trout, pike, methye, and red carp were also occasionally obtained from the nets. It may be worthy of notice here that the fish froze as they were taken out of the nets, in a short time became a solid mass of ice and, by a blow or two of the hatchet, were easily split open, when the intestines might be removed in one lump. If in this completely frozen state they were thawed before the fire they recovered their animation. This was particularly the case with the carp and we had occasion to observe it repeatedly as Dr. Richardson occupied himself with examining the structure of the different species of fish and was always in the winter under the necessity of thawing them before he could cut them.

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