Alaska

by Ella Higginson

A great Russian moved under inspiration when he sent Vitus Behring out to discover and explore the continent lying to the eastward; two great AmericansóSeward and Sumnerówere inspired when, nearly a century and a half later, they saved for us, in the face of the bitterest opposition, scorn, and ridicule, the country that Behring discovered and which is now coming to be recognized as the most glorious possession of any people; but, first of all, were the gentle, dark-eyed Aleuts inspired when they bestowed upon this same countryówith the simplicity and dignified repression for which their character is notedóthe beautiful and poetic name which means "the great country."

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