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and had to be held for several minutes, during which she screamed and tried to jump down after her pack.
Early in the afternoon we pulled ourselves up over the edge of a small grassy plateau where we were to camp for two nights, making the ascent and descent of our mountain in the day between them. We had left the tropics two days behind us, and here it would be an easy matter to persuade yourself that you were in Switzerland a if you could only teach the savages to wear knee-breeches and to yodel! Behind us the little ravine led down like a ladder to the main valley 2500 feet below, and the lower mountain-ridges lay stretched out like the roofs of a German village. Before us was the cozy little plateau, possibly a quarter of a mile square, bounded on the left and at the back by high mountains, and at the right by a deep, cliff-sided valley, across which rose the triple peaks of Nii-taka-yama. Here we met our advance-guard for the first time, and built our huts in a little grove of twisted pines where there was water. This place is called Hat-su-gang. The glass registered 9300 feet, and it grew cold even while the sun was shining; but our huts were of thick, fragrant pine-boughs, and the fire blazed merrily at the foot