Arctic Missionaries - Bishop Stringer - The Bishop who ate his Boots

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"I have often been asked how people coming from tropical climes could bear the rigours of the extreme Arctic weather. It is really remarkable how human beings can accommodate themselves to various surroundings as they wander over the face of the earth." - Bishop Isaac O. Stringer, April 1928

When Bishop Stringer spoke these words, perhaps he was thinking back to the fall of 1909 and his perilous trip across the Mackenzie Mountains that left him near death and earned him the dubious nickname "The Bishop Who Ate His Boots."