From the Frozen Zone.
Iceland Immigrants to Chicago. (From the Chicago Times, Aug. 11.)
The arrival of over two hundred Icelanders on Wednesday evening, was a most welcome vistation at this season of the year. The temperature has been entirely comfortable since they struck the town. In counteraction of the summer solstice they beat the Manitoba wave out of sight. The were a cool-looking crowd. This party went by sailing vessels from Iceland to Glasgow, where they took the steamship Yaldensia for Quebec, where they arrived on July 13th. Their destination was originally Manitoba, but, being captivated by the oily speech of an emissary of the Chicago and Northwestern Railway, the party were induced to change their programme, and, instead of going to the Canadian province, they proposed locating at Minnesota, a border settlement on the Win na and St. Peter Railway. Not a soul among the 200 immigrants from the frozen zone understood a word of English. Of course an interpreter accompanied the party. But for him they would have been obliged to lay over at some station until they could pick up a little English education. The children, of whom there was a good sized grist, were sleek-looking kids, with blue eyes and “tow” heads. The men and women all had white hair. There wasn’t a black eye among the whole 200. A few of the women were quite handsome, and all were passably good-looking - v appearance away ahead of most foreign immigrants. They appear to have sue ceeded in raising children in Iceland i nothing else, for one middle-aged woman was trying to take care of 13 youngsters, the oldest being only 15 years of age. The men wore sheepskin overcoats, or cloaks, with a headgear, or hood, attached, the garments being sewn together by the sinews of the reindeer. The lower extremities were encased in sheepskins leggings, their feet were dressed in wooden clogs. Someof the overcoats had sleeves, and some had not. These people carry an enormous bulk of baggage. One old fellow who hobbled around on two canes, was growling because he couldn’t find his seven trunks. In one respect they resembled tourists more than immigrants.
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From the Frozen Zone., Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 21, 13 November 1879
From the Frozen Zone. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 21, 13 November 1879
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