BOARDS & BUREAUS: Sealskin Sale

In the spring when thousands of amorously barking seals follow their lovesick fancies up the coasts of Oregon and Washington toward the Pribilof Islands, their mating grounds, the U. S. sends its Coast Guard to escort them, allows them to be killed only by aborigines in canoes, using spears and harpoons. Last spring Indians killed 2,000 of a herd of over a million and thus collected their lawful share of the sealing rights. In the summer natives of the Pribilof Islands are hired by the U. S. Bureau of Fisheries to drive...

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