The Journey to the Polar Sea, by John Franklin















































































































 -  During our conversation he endeavoured to excite
suspicions in our minds against the Hook by saying, I am aware that - Page 440
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During Our Conversation He Endeavoured To Excite Suspicions In Our Minds Against The Hook By Saying, "I Am Aware That You Consider Me The Worst Man Of My Nation; But I Know The Hook To Be A Great Rogue And I Think He Will Disappoint You."

On the morning of the 6th we embarked and descended a series of rapids, having twice unloaded the canoes where the water was shallow.

After passing the mouth of the Fairy Lake River* the rapids ceased. The main stream was then about three hundred yards wide and generally deep, though in one part the channel was interrupted by several sandy banks and low alluvial islands covered with willows. It flows between banks of sand thinly wooded and as we advanced the barren hills approached the water's edge.

(*Footnote. This is an Indian name. The Northern Indian fairies are six inches high, lead a life similar to the Indians, and are excellent hunters. Those who have had the good fortune to fall in with their tiny encampments have been kindly treated and regaled on venison. We did not learn with certainty whether the existence of these delightful creatures is known from Indian tradition or whether the Indians own their knowledge of them to their intercourse with the traders, but think the former probable.)

At ten we rejoined our hunters who had killed a deer and halted to breakfast. We sent them forward; one of them who was walking along the shore afterwards fired upon two brown bears and wounded one of them, which instantly turned and pursued him.

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