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Almost Dragged Under

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The author of "Eskimo Life" describes a day's hunt, when the men of the village put out to sea, each in hia cranky little kaiak, after seals, aüks, fish,or whatever other game mig-ht present itself. Tobías began by chasing a seal which dived and lid not come up again within sight, but the man is one of the best hunters of the village, as the reader may judge by what follows. He had sighted another seal, and was skimming over the sea toward it, when the huge head of a hooded seal popped up right in front of the kaiak, and "was harpooned in an stant. It makea a frightful wallowing and dives, the harpoon line whlrls out, but Buddenly gets fouled under tlie throwing-stick of the bird-dart. The bow of the kaiak is drawn under with an irresistible rush, and before Tobias knows where he is the water is up to his armpits, and nothing can be seen of him but hishead and shoulders and the stern of the kaiak, which sticks right up into the air. It looks as if it were all over with him. Those who are nearest paddie with all their might to his assistance, but with scant hope of arrivlng in time to save him. Tobias, however, is a first-rate kaiak man. In spite of his difflcult position he keeps unon even keel while he is dragged through the water by the seal, which does all it can to get him entirely under. At last it comes up again, and in a moment he has seized his lance, and, with deadly aim, has pierced the seal through the head. A feeblemovement and it is dead. The other men come up in time to find Tobias busy making his booty fast, and to get the piece of blubber to which each is entitled. They cannot restrain their admiration for his coolness and skill, and speak of it long afterward.


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