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130 YOYAnE TO GREENLAND. with so many ditculties, dangers, and privations Thok toils are extremely fatiguing, and their avo- cation subjec them to a variety of unavoidable hardships; they are totally excluded from the com- forts known to most other seamen; and, above all, they endure the extreme severity of rigorous cold. Should the severe calamity of sickness or accident occur while on this voyage, their situation becomes, extremely pitiable, as the accommodation of a Greenland ship is little calculated to alleviate sufferings; nor is the supply of vegetable food such as sickness might require. Those 'who possess a spark of philanthropy must therefore feel for the situation of these men, and will not withhold from them their keenest sympathy. On this Sundaya large bear was observed July io.' upon a piece of ice which we passed: Bruin looked at us, and took no other notice, but narched on, snuffing the breeze, as if- conscious of the pro- tection which the day afforded him, or, confident o.f.. his own power if attacked. The fog that had prevailed during the July 16. night, cleared away in the morning, and �e fleet as well as ourselves, sailed from latitude 76 � the westward, and continued going in that di- rection fourteen hours, when we came to a barrier of ice that extended from south to north in a west- erly direction, and of an extent beyond our power to ascertain. It is.impossible for langnage to describe the dsappointment which we suffered 'at having our progress again arrested, and the effect which Digitized by Goo(J�