National Geographic : 1923 Sep
314 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph by Fred C. Schiller THE CABIN OF THE FOX FARMERS ON MIIDDLETON ISLAND The American flag floats from a staff 50 feet high cast up on the beach after a storm (see text, page 323). The foreground is one mass of wild flowers in spring. The sheds and small buildings to the right have been constructed out of driftwood. Photograph by Mrs. Fred C. Schiller A CLOSE VIEW OF THE BRAVE LITTLE HOUSE IN WHICI THE CRUSOES LIVE FOR ELEVEN MONTHS OF THE YEAR Note the rain barrel, an important factor in the life of the islanders. A fair amount of rainfall, especially in summer, is also conducive to the production of good fox fur. The raising of blue foxes is an industry of great importance to the Alaskan coast, for it utilizes outlying islands of no particular value for agriculture. Most of the blue foxes in Alaska are raised primarily for pelts, and not for breeding purposes.