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Re: Why Krags were on Alaska's Fur Seal Islands
Reply #15 - Aug 13th, 2019 at 1:25pm
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Brief description of duties of native guards:
  
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Re: Why Krags were on Alaska's Fur Seal Islands
Reply #16 - Aug 14th, 2019 at 2:07pm
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In 1910 the U.S. Government did not renew the lease for Fur Sealing rights on the Pribilof Islands and took total control of the operations. The buildings and property of the Lessee were purchased. A major Sealing Treaty was worked out between GB, Russia, Japan, and the U.S.

A "Gun House" was built in the village on St. Paul Island to contain the Islands 37 Krags, 18 Colt Revolvers, Hotchkiss mountain guns, Gatling Guns, and ammunition.

I poured through the 1200+ pages of the "Alaska Seal Islands" and could not find mention of the missing (sixty-first) Krag. I have a hunch this Telegram, regarding a tragic sailboat capsizing, may offer a potential explanation. (H.D. Chichester was an assistant agent and had become a Doctor. Walter L. Hahn was a Naturalist, assigned to St. Paul Island). Their deaths must have been devastating to the small isolated island community.
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Re: Why Krags were on Alaska's Fur Seal Islands
Reply #17 - Aug 14th, 2019 at 11:52pm
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Looks like you made it through the whole document? It sure was a pretty rough existence.
  
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Re: Why Krags were on Alaska's Fur Seal Islands
Reply #18 - Aug 15th, 2019 at 2:50am
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I only stuck with reading through this work, (and copied, and posted relevant pages), because this documentation, IMHO, revealed some good 'Krag Trivia'.

Lots of minor 'nitty gritty': Sixty Krags, known by  serial number, used by Alaskan Native guards - who were practiced hunters and good shots, a frontier industry in the northern wilds, lots of little details about arm requisitions, delivery, Krag use, and storage.

I thought it worthy to try to give the buried 'gems' some context.
  
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Re: Why Krags were on Alaska's Fur Seal Islands
Reply #19 - Aug 15th, 2019 at 3:31am
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I, for one, appreciate all the time you put into this so we didn't have to read the 1200 pages ourselves. It is an interesting and obscure history of Krags, and you seen it here first, folks.
  
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