The Journey to the Polar Sea, by John Franklin















































































































 -  It is proper to remark that Mr. Hood always took the
smallest portion for his own mess, but this weighed - Page 550
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It Is Proper To Remark That Mr. Hood Always Took The Smallest Portion For His Own Mess, But This Weighed Little With These Men As Long As Their Own Appetites Remained Unsatisfied.

We all suffered much inconvenience from eating animal food after our long abstinence, but particularly those men who indulged themselves beyond moderation.

The Canadians, with their usual thoughtlessness, had consumed above a third of their portions of meat that evening.

We set out early on the 26th and, after walking about three miles along the lake, came to the river which we at once recognised from its size to be the Copper-Mine. It flowed to the northward and, after winding about five miles terminated in Point Lake. Its current was swift, and there were two rapids in this part of its course which in a canoe we could have crossed with ease and safety. These rapids, as well as every other part of the river, were carefully examined in search of a ford but, finding none, the expedients occurred of attempting to cross on a raft made of the willows which were growing there, or in a vessel framed with willows and covered with the canvas of the tents, but both these schemes were abandoned through the obstinacy of the interpreters and the most experienced voyagers, who declared that they would prove inadequate to the conveyance of the party and that much time would be lost in the attempt. The men in fact did not believe that this was the Copper-Mine River and, so little confidence had they in our reckoning, and so much had they bewildered themselves on the march, that some of them asserted it was Hood's River and others that it was the Bethetessy.

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