They discussed what they would do if no ship came and decided
as early as the spring of 1922 (as we know from Crawford’s letter
to me) that in such case two of them would remain on the island
while two crossed over to Siberia and Alaska to telegraph me
their report from Nome and to ask for instructions as to the
further maintenance of the colony on Wrangell Island.
After the sporadic thaws of April and the steadier
warmth of May, summer came slowly. In 1921 Knight had been
Surprised at the monotony of sunshine and warmth; now he was
equally impressed with the continued fogs and the snow flurries
that were more frequent during the summer than they had been in
1917 when he had spent June to September four hundred miles far-
ther north than Wrangell.
Compared with 1921 hears were scarce in 1922. Still
there was seldom a week without one or more being seen, and
severa1 were secured. The sealing, on the whole, was good.
As noted above, Maurer who applied himself steadily to the
hunt, got twenty-six. That the others were not equally produc-
tive was apparently because they were more occupied with explora-
tion and reconnaissance work. They no longer refrained from try-
ing to secure any big animals that came around, but there is no
sign in Knight's diary that they were worried about food for the
winter and putting special stress on the hunting for that reason.
When planning the expedition in 1921, we had agreed
that during its second winter (1922-23) the party on Wrangell
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