Indian days of the long ago

 
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ..."We have many kinds of fish which are caught in different ways, and plenty of clams, large and small. And there are the sea-lion and the seal." Instantly the boys wanted to know how these animals were caught and killed. "The hair-seal," their teacher explained, "lives in the Great Water, and his food is fish. When the sun shines he lies sleeping on the rocks, basking in its warmth. The people of the land where I was born are very fond of the flesh of the hair seal, and this is one of their ways of killing him. Many times have I watched my father. "He used a spear more than three times the height of a man, and to its point was fastened a strong line thirty times as long as the reach of a man's two arms. The other end of this line was tied about his waist. "After removing his fur robe, my father would slip into the water. He would float under the surface with nothing but his face and the top of his head showing, and his long hair made him look very much like a swimming seal. Thus he would swim toward the basking hair-seals. "When he was close to them and in shallow water, he would suddenly rush forward and throw the long spear into one of them. Then he would quickly run back to the shore and brace his heels in the sand to hold the seal from escaping into the water. If the animal was a small one he had no trouble, but sometimes a very large male would break the line and dive into the water, carrying the spear with him. "When the seal was tired out with fighting and bleeding, my father would run down and club him on the head. Then he would take out the spear point and stop up the wound with a plug of grass or a piece of wood. This was to keep the blood from running out, for they are very fond of...

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