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Sailors' Yarns Of Arctic Life

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S& blue jackets from the United States man-of-war Alliance, which ar rived liere yesterday from the Arctic regions, were seen at the foot of West Twenty-second. street by a reporter. They wereall young and bright looking fellows talkative and merry. "We had a rough time of it," said one of them, "and liave got enough of Arctic expeditions. We'll never go up thereagain unless we're torced to it. It was nothing but t'og, hail, rain, and snow all the time. 1 teil you we were mghty glad when we reached New Fork. Our four month's voyage has done us little good. We had to pay forty dollars for our outflts. which are almost useless to us now, and we never got more than a few honrs Uberty during all the time we were un there among the ice and snow. 1 neen a statement that we cooked eggs in the hot springs in Iceland. That is not so. We never liad a chance to go to the hot springs. There's not a sailor aboard who wants any more service like we have gom; through witliout extra pay." Another sailor said: 'The only real sport that 1 can remember was when we sighted a bear on the beaclï of Dane's Island. He was a big white fellow, and nmst have been very hungry to venture so close to our ship Somebody Öred and struek the bear and lie leaped into the water. Then í whole broadside was poured into it The liring was kept up so long that I think some of the men must have shot in the same hole two or three times. Well, iinally we brought the carcass on board. It was full of bullet holes. The boys say tne captain is going to use the skin as a sieve."' Au imagiuative tar, with poetry in his soul, spoke in glowing terms of the beauty of the icebergs they encountered. "They were all colora-, purple, red, and pink. The sun, whieli shone all niglit, made 'em purtier than a picture. Ie was a sight to watch the mountains of ice pass between us and the sun. Most or thero had big and little peaks all mixed together and capped with pure white ice. The captain noticed an iceberg one dav that had a peak on it with nearly all colora. It must have took his fancy for he ordered out ;i boat and had the rnen tow it to the ship. He said he wanted it to put in his iee-box to preserve the meat. I gues he must have thoughtthat red, white, and blue ice- sort of United States ice - would preserve better'n ordinary ice. The meat that would rot up there where we were I'd cali purty bad. Sometimes the sun shone all night as bright as it did at midday. As we moved toward home we began to get a li Ule more night. First the sun wouW dip down a iittleand then come up again, üke a big red ball bouncing on the ground. As we gut further south it would go down and stay a íew minutes. Finally it gave us a good


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