ther natives who were friends of the missionaries; and among them were a woman and her child.
They had one hundred and fifty miles to go, which they expected to accomplish in about two days, as most of the way was over the frozen sea, and the sledges ran with ease, and the dogs were fresh and in full vigor.
After they had journeyed some, hours, and were a long distance from the shore, upon the clear, glistening ice that covered the ocean, they met a sledge containing some strange Esquimaux Indians.
These natives were hastening for the land as rapidly as possible.
They barely stopped a moment, and advised the missionaries to return at once to the shore.
They gave no reasons for their advice; and as the missionaries could see no cause for returning, it was not heeded by them.
The weather was fair; hardly a cloud was seen in the sky; the frozen ocean, as far as the eye could reach, was motionless as though the treacherous waves beneath were chained forever.
Not many moments pa