By Rockwell Kent
First released in 1941, A Northern Christmas is Rockwell Kent's uplifting account of the 1918 Christmas he spent together with his 9-year outdated son in a one-room, moss-caulked log cabin on a distant Alaskan Island. released right here in its unique structure, with Kent's impressive illustrations, this captivating souvenir version is certain to please a brand new iteration of readers.
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It looks as if the steamship companies had combined to deprive Alaska of its Christmas mail and freight in a policy of making the deadlock with the government over the mail contracts intolerable. Meanwhile, instead of serving us, the jaunty little Page 23 naval cruisers that summered here in idleness doubtless loaf away the winter months in comfortable southern ports. Monday, December Twenty-Third Up to this morning the hard warm rain continued, and now the stars are all out and it might be thought a night in spring.
Finally, as the night deepens, Olson leaves us amid mutual expressions of delight in one another's friendship, and Rockwell and I tumble into bed. Page 35 So ended Christmas on Fox Island. As life had been, so, after Christmas, it went on. With spring, too soon, the time for our enforced departure came. We left Fox Island. Tearfully, on the threshold of the world, I wrote, concluding WILDERNESS: And now at last it is over. Fox Island will soon become in our memories like a dream or vision, a remote experience too wonderful for the full liberty we knew there and the deep peace to be remembered or believed in as a real experience in life.
Of the fullness of the daysfullness of work and thought, of play, of little happenings, of uneventful peacewe Page 19 kept record. That record is a book: its name is WILDERNESS. From WILDERNESS these notes about a happy Christmas in the north are drawn. Thursday, December Nineteenth This day is never to be forgotten, so beautiful, so calm, so still with the earth and every branch and tree muffled in deep, feathery, new-fallen snow. And all day the softest clouds have drifted lazily over the heaven, shrouding the land here and there in veils of falling snow, while elsewhere or through the snow itself the sun shone.
A Northern Christmas by Rockwell Kent