|Haida Village of Yan, abandon after 1881|
"For the Captain and his men we have been obliged to pay Indian Goods etc. as per Account now forwarded. They were all completely naked when they came here, we of course had to clothe them from head to foot and rationed them the same as our own men . . . the number of distressed Crews and Interlopers who have come upon us this year for Supplies of every kind will be a considerable item in our expedition. I hope no fault will be found with our doings on these occasions."
This incident reveals how the Company in those days acted as a bulwark against outbreaks of violence before the regular machinery of government was in actual operation in the north. Their policy at all times was to "save face" for the white man and to rescue any and all Europeans who fell into the hands of the Haida people. The Massett people at that time had a bad reputation, for they made slaves of all captives. Thirty years later some of the Haida people still had in their possession iron cables and an American Spread Eagle made of oak. This was presented to a Harvard student then visiting Massett on the understanding that it would be placed in the Harvard Museum.