Image from page 50 of "The seashore book : Bob and Betty's summer with Captain Hawes" (1912)
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin
Contributing Library: New York Public Library
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BURNED AT SEA IN the evenings, as Captain Hawes sat smoking his pipe, he would tell thechildren of strange lands he had visited in his voyages, and then suggest thatthey look up these places in their geographies, and this study, which before was atask, took on a new interest for Bob and Betty. China and Greenland now meantso much more. Telling about Iceland and Greenland, he said that up there in those parts, wherealmost everything that was nt snow was ice, certain animals lived whichcould nt be found anywhere else, like the big white polar bear, and the walrus. Why, we know a polar bear, Betty broke in. Why, of course, he was an oldacquaintance. They had often seen him in Central Park. Well, now, thats good, said the Captain; now youll remember where hecame from. Ive been up his way more than once. Often whalers chased the right whale away up there; dangerous seas to workin, as icebergs were plenty and the risk of striking them in the fog was great.
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But the thing which sailors dreaded most was fire at sea. This seldom hap-pened, but when it did it was bad. Once his ship was burned at night among theicebergs. There was nothing to do but take to the boats and escape to shore,which luckily was near. They lost everything but the clothes they wore, and asmall amount of provisions. And there, while they looked on, the ship went upin a sheet of flame, and that was the last of her. The Captain said they felt prettyblue and lonely out there far away from the rest of the world, with no means toget away but the small boats. Fortunately they soon managed to reach anEskimo village. These Eskimos are the natives who live there always, shortpeople, dressed all in heavy, warm furs, who build themselves snow houses, wherein the coldest weather they keep comfortably warm. They live by hunting andfishing. They spear seals from their skin canoes, — kyacks, — and fish throughholes in the ice. These are the people you hear the explorers tell about
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