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Journalism in Greenland.

In the Iceland region inhabited by the Esquimaux a newspaper is how published, ■It has been-started "by\ a native., who. has never visited Europe, and [ r whoSe only intercourse with us has been' fconfined to business directed by Professor ,Nordenskiold to whom he rendered important services. His name isLars Mteler, and that of his journal is the Reader. He has all the characteristics of the true Esquimaux type—aflat nose, large ears standing out from the sides of his head, and a thin beard curiously clipped. Greenland has a desolate soil, buried under snow, is darkled, £ by, months,,of nigh'ti inhabited:by a primitive i!pe6ple, childlike/ ignorant, and superstitious, living in huts covered over by. skins .of animals; a corner of the world, in a word . insolated, ...and. for which Nature. , seems .to .have reserved all its asperities. Yet there Lars Meeler has set up his makeshift printing establishment, and in heavy sealskin boots, rought coat of unspun wool, and" fur gloves to protect hi* hands from cold, set up and prints his paper. When it was first started, the Reader publishedprincipally a few insignificant drawings, accompanied by one or two ■explanatory lines of letterpress. Later of. these lines took a more denned and extended form, creating a desire among the readers-for. more important .information..{ It seems illogical that a newspaper , should have been started where there; appeared "to be no readers to "appreciate its contents, nevertheless the .venture has. proved; successful, for now the Reader can point; to its regular subscribers. 'Lars Mseler has taught himself the art of the compositor with the help of some .old type, .and useful hints given him by Professbr'Nqrdenskoid. With regard to his illustrations, which, it must be o\raed, are hot absolutely artistic, he is not only his own designer buthisownwoodengraver as well. He cheerfully accepts all the difficulties attending his undertaking, with an .implicit belief in its useful purpose^ His paper is still but a crude and informal instructor ; but it is a newspaper issued and circulated in a land where a. belief in miracles still exists, and where it is related in all seriousness that there is a white bear prowling about, .so "old that the ice which lias accumulated on his back never melts. Lars Mseler in his paperis fighting against old superstitions of. this, kind. Addressing his countrymen in words', the., force of which they can understand arid appreciate, he enlightens their minds progressively - by.,^means of the unprententious organ to .which he is the only contributor. He journeys'from one tribe to another, taking his plant and small hand, presß^with, him ; and Inside a hut, lighted'hya lampjjed ( with fish oU }J he sets His, type, to the amazement of other Esquimax who watch him' intently, An explorer recently submitted^, to a literary society' In Denihark l6neW 4two copies of bills unpretentious and .most interesting paper addmg'afeVdela^ls^f-the personal iiy of L'ivs Mii'ler. T"hti iriemlwrs of that.-■■oiHy, fooling a keen interest in the man and,his aims, f have^lately, r forwarded 'to him new %pc, Sprinting ink and paper, and a larger-presa than the one he has been using"—"Shorthand Weekly Npwr "

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Journalism in Greenland., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2443, 17 June 1890

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Journalism in Greenland. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2443, 17 June 1890

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