Tyrrell was accompanied by his brother, J. B. Tyrrell, on this 1893 excursion. He was responsible for most of the photographs, and this book is dedicated to him. Not very much on reading during this short expedition.
p. 186, when 250 miles from their destination of Churchill, and having considerable difficulties: The only other feasible plan was then suggested. It was to abandon dunnage, instruments, rock collection, etc., everything except note-books, photographs, plant collection, rifles, blankets, and two small tents, and with these to start out in only two light canoes, and with the increased force in them to travel for our lives.
This plan was decided on, and in the morning the men were set to work to cache all our stuff excepting the articles above mentioned. This occupied the whole morning, and to us it was a sad and lonely task; but as it seemed to be the only way by which we might hope to escape from this dreary ice-bound coast, it was felt to be a necessary one.
p. 197-98, on Rev. Lofthouse in Churchill and his ministry: Mr. Lofthouse preached in the Cree, Chipewyan and Eskimo languages, and having won the esteem and affection of his people, he had a powerful influence over them, and taught them with much success. He and Mrs. Lofthouse together conducted a day-school for the benefit of the children of the permanent residents. These numbered twenty-one, the total population of Churchill being only fifty-one. On visiting the school I was much pleased with the advancement of the children, even the smallest of whom could read from the Bible. The girls were taught by Mrs. Lofthouse to do various kinds of needlework, and by way of encouragement were supplied with materials.