National Geographic : 1896 Apr
140 THE DISCO VERY OF GLACIER BAY, ALASKA timber, of which the Alaska cedar of the mountains will soon be an important factor, and in the large area of fertile valley and benchland on its western slope. The climate of the western slope of this peninsula is a little different from that of the rest of western Washington. Owing probably to its proximity to the ocean and its accessibility to the ocean breezes, there is more wind and much less foggy weather. The amount of rainfall on the average is in excess of that of the Sound country, but it comes in the shape of sharper showers and heavier storms, thus allowing a much greater proportion of fair weather. In the summer the nights are cool, but not cold, allow ing tomatoes and corn to ripen perfectly and naturally, as they do not elsewhere west of the Cascades. Except in the moun tains, ice or snow is seldom seen, and then only for a few hours at a time. THE DISCOVERY OF GLACIER BAY, ALASKA By ELIZA RUHAMAH SCIDMORE (The Century Dictionary) "DISCOVER-4. To gain sight of, especially for the first time, or after a period of concealment; espy; as, land was discovered on the lee bow. " Hence 5. To gain the first knowledge of, as something that was be fore entirely unknown, either to men in general, to the finder, or to persons concerned; as, Columbus discovered the new world; Newton discovered the law of gravitation; we often discover our mistakes when too late, &c. " 6. To explore; bring to light by examination." (Webster's InternationalDictionary,1892) "DISCOVER-2. To disclose; to lay open to view; to make visible; to reveal; to make known; to show (what has been secret, unseen, or unknown). "3. To obtain for the first time sight or knowledge of, as of a thing existing already, but not perceived or known; to find out; to ascer tain; to espy; to detect." (The Standard Dictionary) "DISCOVER-To get first sight or knowledge of, as something previously unknown or unperceived; find out; ascertain; espy; detect; specific ally, to find and bring to the knowledge of the world; as, to discover a comet, a principle, or plot." " It is in the highest degree probable that Lief Ericsson and his friends made a few voyages to what we now know to have been the coast of America; but it is an abuse of language to say that they ' dis covered' America." FISKE, "Discovery of America," vol. 1, ch. 2, p. 255.