Excerpt from The Juvenile Instructor, Vol. 30: December, 1895
The seal or walrus might run away with the harpoon line and head, and that would be bad, for the loss of the iron blade would be grievous. 'not nearly as great, however, as the loss of a harpoon shaft, for that was made of wood, and wood is very hard to obtain in Greenland.
Not a tree grows there, and harpoons, lances and arrows, and the few other wooden implements which almost every Eskimo possesses, have come from Arctic explorers, and are handed down from father to son as precious legacies.
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