. The northern coasts of America and the Hudson's Bay territories [microform]. Cabot, Sebastian, 1476?-1557; Cabot, Sebastian, 1476?-1557; Natural history; Sciences naturelles. 70 BEHRING AND TCHJRIKOW : [1741. " increased so fast, that not only the sick died, but those who still struggled to be numbered on the healthy list, when relieved from their posts, fainted and fell down dead, of which the scantiness of water, the want of biscuits and brandy, cold, wet, nakedness, vermin, fear, and terror, were not the least causes."* In these circumstances, it be- came difficult to determine

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. The northern coasts of America and the Hudson's Bay territories [microform]. Cabot, Sebastian, 1476?-1557; Cabot, Sebastian, 1476?-1557; Natural history; Sciences naturelles. 70 BEHRING AND TCHJRIKOW : [1741. " increased so fast, that not only the sick died, but those who still struggled to be numbered on the healthy list, when relieved from their posts, fainted and fell down dead, of which the scantiness of water, the want of biscuits and brandy, cold, wet, nakedness, vermin, fear, and terror, were not the least causes."* In these circumstances, it be- came difficult to determine
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. The northern coasts of America and the Hudson's Bay territories [microform]. Cabot, Sebastian, 1476?-1557; Cabot, Sebastian, 1476?-1557; Natural history; Sciences naturelles. 70 BEHRING AND TCHJRIKOW : [1741. " increased so fast, that not only the sick died, but those who still struggled to be numbered on the healthy list, when relieved from their posts, fainted and fell down dead, of which the scantiness of water, the want of biscuits and brandy, cold, wet, nakedness, vermin, fear, and terror, were not the least causes."* In these circumstances, it be- came difficult to determine whether they should return to Kamtschatka or seek a harbour on the nearest American coast. At last, in a council of officers, they embraced the first of these alternatives, and again sailed north, after which they steered towards the west. Oe t^ 29th of October they approached two islands re- seml , the two first of the Kurilian group. The long- wisb - jr coast of Kamtschatka, however, did not appear, and tb , condition of the vessel and crew began to be deplor ble. The men, notwithstanding their diseased state and want of proper food, were obliged to work in the cold; and as the continual rains had now changed into hail and snow, and the nights shortened and grew darker, their sufferings were extreme. The commodore himself had been for some time totally disabled by disease from taking an active command, his wonted energy and strength of mind left him, and he became childishly suspicious and indolent. Amongst the seamen the sickness was so dread- ful, that the two sailors whose berth used to be at the rudder, were led to it by others, w}io th.>mselves could walk with difficulty. When one could steer no longer, another equally feeble was supported to his place. Many sails they durst not hoist, because no one was strong enough to lower them in case < f need, whilst some of the sheets were so thin and rotten, itiat a violent wind would have torn them to pj- -s. The rent of t

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