Letters From High Latitudes By Lord Dufferin















































































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has something so frank and honest in his face and bearing,
that I am certain he will turn out - Page 2
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He Has Something So Frank And Honest In His Face And Bearing, That I Am Certain He Will Turn Out

A pleasant companion. There being no hatred so intense as that which you feel towards a disagreeable shipmate, this assurance

Has relieved me of a great anxiety, and I already feel I shall hereafter reckon Sigurdr (pronounced Segurthur), the son of Jonas, among the number of my best friends.

As most educated English people firmly believe the Icelanders to be a "Squawmuck," blubber-eating, seal-skin-clad race, I think it right to tell you that Sigurdr is apparelled in good broadcloth, and all the inconveniences of civilization, his costume culminating in the orthodox chimney-pot of the nineteenth century. He is about twenty-seven, very intelligent-looking, and - all women would think - lovely to behold. A high forehead, straight, delicate features, dark blue eyes, auburn hair and beard, and the complexion of - Lady S - d! His early life was passed in Iceland; but he is now residing at Copenhagen as a law student. Through the introduction of a mutual friend, he has been induced to come with me, and do us the honours of his native land.

"O whar will I get a skeely skipper, To sail this gude ship o' mine?'

Such, alas! has been the burden of my song for these last four-and-twenty hours, as I have sat in the Tontine Tower, drinking the bad port wine, for, after spending a fortune in telegraphic messages to Holyhead, it has been decided that B - cannot come on, and I have been forced to rig up a Glasgow merchant skipper into a jury sailing-master.

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