Ice Window: Letters from a Bering Strait Village 1892-1902.

p. 55, April 1893: I have learned a great deal about the Natives and their language and customs. Mr. Lopp preached his illustrated sermon all the way up and once on the way back. The folks asked for it twice, but once his throat was too sore to give it. We had two charts illustrating the life of Christ—two quarters’ lessons. Everyone who saw them was interested and gave good attention. We read from the Bible and had prayer every time and sang sometimes.

I am just home from Sunday School, where I have been telling the little Eskimos and some of their mothers how Saul couldn’t be king any more because he stole sheep. That sounds bad, I know; but if you knew how hard it is to explain to people who know so little about even the simplest things that they would need to understand the story of Saul’s disobedience, you wouldn’t wonder. And he did steal. They didn’t belong to him, and he took them. I might have said he disobeyed God, but I don’t know any word for disobey. These people don’t use such a word much. They have no government to obey, or Bible. And parents’ orders, I think, are often on the order of, “Go to school or if you don’t want to, go fishing.”

p. 65, June 16, 1893: I send some copies of The Eskimo Bulletin , our new newspaper [several pages are reproduced in this volume].