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watch by turn during the night, both to guard against being surprised by savages or wild beasts, and to prevent the fire from going out. In less than half an hour from this time, the whole company, ourselves excepted, were wrapped in slumber.

The long looked for opportunity of escape had now arrived ; and, with trembling eagerness, we proceeded to make preparations for our departure. Previous to our landing, I had observed a number of small tents at a short distance from the place which we had chosen for our encampment, and which, as I rightly supposed, belonged to the natives, whose custom it is to come to the coast for the purpose of fishing, at this season of the year, bringing with them small tents, which they pitch along the shore for shelter during the night.

The plan which I had hastily conceived, was to join this party of natives, and seek protection and shelter from them; making them understand by signs, if possible, the situation in which we were placed, and the fate which would await us if compelled to return to the ship. I feared to join them, immediately, however, lest our shipmates, upon discovering our absence in the morning, should, naturally look for us in the native encampment.

Accordingly, I resolved to make preparations for spending one day and night, at least, in some secure place of concealment, at a considerable distance inland ; thus affording the two

! boats' crews ample time to return to the ship before I attempted to hold any intercourse with the natives. Having imparted my plans to Tolman, as soon as the last of our companions had fallen asleep, we commenced, without delay, to collect a quantity of provisions, and a few other articles which would be necessary to our safety and comfort, during the following twenty four hours.

Among these articles, were a box of lucifer matches, two tin cups for drinking purposes, an extra sheath knife apiece, which we wero compelled to take from the belts of our sleeping ship-mates, quieting our consciences meanwhile with the reflection that they could procure others on board the ship, while we could not - a pair of ship pistols, with suitable ammunition — a small pocket compass which we found in the second mate's pea-jacket pocket, and last, but not least, especially in that arctic region, a pint flask which we also found in the second mate's pocket, and which we filled with rum from the demijohn.

Our provisions and a portion of these articles were placed in a canvas bag, which we agreed to carry by turns; while the remainder were stowed carefully away in the pockets of our inner pea-jackets — for it will be remembered that we were each provided with two suits of clothing throughout.

Our preparations for departure being completed, we crept softly past our sleeping companions, and, trembling with hope and fear, emerged from our tent, into the clear cold night of the Arctic Region, without difficulty or danger, and without in the slightest degree disturbing our companions. Notwithstanding the perils which surrounded us, and the obstacles which we must expect to encounter during our journey into the interior of the desolate region, our hearts leaped for joy as we hastened silently away from the tent; for at length we were free! — free from a life of slavery — free from tyranny — free from the oppressive power of our fellow-men — free as the children of the desert and the forest, and happy in the consciousness of that freedom, although far away from home and friends, in the desolate wilds of Siberia!

For many hours after leaving the encamp

we deemed it prudent ; but fearing lest our companions had not yet departed, we resolved to remain in our present position until the following day.

Our second night in this place, passed without incident of importance, although we were several times awakened by the howling of the wild beasts, which prowled about our encampment during the whole night. Our fire, however, which we took the precaution to keep burning, prevented them from attacking us; and, at an early hour of the morning, we turned out, and having made a hasty breakfast, which finished the last of our provisions, commenced our journey towards the native encampment.

About noon we arrived at the coast, and ascending a small eminence, took a hasty observation of both sea and shore, to ascertain if our ship had left the coast, and to discover if possible in what direction the native encampment was situated. To our great delight, no sail was visible as far as the eye could reach; while at a little distance to the right of us, were seen the tents of the natives.

We proceeded immediately toward the encampment, where, upon our arrival, we were received by the natives in a friendly manner;

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