One Snow-Shoes to the Barren Grounds; Twenty-Eight Hundred Miles After Musk-Oxen and Wood-Bison

One Snow-Shoes to the Barren Grounds; Twenty-Eight Hundred Miles After Musk-Oxen and Wood-Bison

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...than one Indian at a time, and so they are taken into the " store " singly, and the door is bolted, and life immediately becomes a burden to the Hudson's Bay Company officer. If there is anything in the stock that has not been overhauled and priced before the Indian exhausts his credit, it is only because it is out of sight. But in a way he is a satisfactory sort of a customer. He is not exacting as to what he gets, so long as he gets something; he may really want beads or duffel, but if there is none of either he as readily takes a copper teakettle or a knife. It is quite unimportant that he may actually need neither. He is particular on one point only, and that is, he never leaves the store so long as he has a " made beaver" to spend, and when he has used up his due he always makes an eloquent and vigorous appeal for gratuity or debt. As a matter of fact, these Indians are most considerately and generously treated by the company; they are paid a good price for their fur, and the worthy, and many times the unworthy, are often given both debt and gratuity. There are no Indians I know of that are better treated, and few as well. Nor have I ever visited a country where trade competition operated less to the advantage of the natives. The few independent traders that have worked their way into this North country have done little, so far as I could see, beyond raising the value of certain kinds of fur above its fair marketable value, which in some lines has necessitated the introduction of an inferior quality of stuff for trade. So that the Indian has really been the loser. Although several hundred Indians bring their fur to Resolution, and the "census" of the post is returned as about 300, as at Chipewyan the actual...show more

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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236594606
  • 9781236594600