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Donald Manson Finlayson -- 14 september 1888

• Donald Manson Finlayson (1853-1889) hield in 1888 een dagboek bij van een jachttocht (?) die hij maakte met zijn broer.

Friday, September 14, 1888: North wind. Finished roof and net. Carrying moss for roof. Few sand flies.

Saturday, September 15, 1888: Calm (south wind very light). Carried more moss and we covered part of roof. Layer of moss and layer of clay and sand mixed with water. Sand flies very bad, extra warm. Roused out of bed in the night by the dogs. Treed and killed porcupine. Dogs got a terrible dose of quills in the tongue and all around their mouth. Took them out with the bullet molds. Skinned porcupine to take home. Had to take a forked stick and John held them down and I drew the quills out with the mold. Held Kis-Ki-U to tight and he very nigh gave up the ghost.

Sunday, September 16, 1888: Very fine day, September have all our bedding out for an airing.

Monday, September 17, 1888: Working at roof. High wind from south but fine weather, do not feel the wind as we are right in the Pines. Few sand flies.

Tuesday, September 18, 1888: Cutting floor poles. John laying floor, South wind.

Wednesday, September 19, 1888: Finished cutting floor poles and packed all the goods up to the house. We use a leather strap, in packing, 21 feet long. Two feet in centre is left broad for your head. Make fast your strap on your Piece whirl it on your back and away.

Thursday, September 20, 1888: Indian and wife here today. Traded 3 beaver and 1 Bear. Caught in net 23# trout. S.E. wind.

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