National Geographic : 1898 Mar
92 TWO HUNDRED MILES UP THE KUSKOKWIM and keep her off the banks at the bends. The scenery was very beautiful, the view bounded on either side by well shaped moun tains, green with sphagnum, rising from the plain below, with snow still resting on them in patches. The region was " one vast solitude, over which bears and birds hold undivided sway." On July 26 the voyagers took dinner at the deserted village of Aziavigamute, and then made their way in a short time to Togiak bay, having occupied three days in crossing the divide. "Brother Weinland shot some ducks and four geese, and the natives speared a large salmon." ESKIMO MONUMENTS Subsequently the missionaries made a trip up the Togiak river, which occupied two days, and after visiting several villages with polysyllabic names they returned to the coast, where they found a hamper from their friends of the Alaska Commercial Company (bless them!) which " contained thirty good cigars (it seems the brethren smoke), four large cakes of tobacco, two tins of boiled oysters, two of corned beef, one of fresh boiled beef, three tins of sardines, one of peaches, one of corn, and one of peas." So the record runs.