The Wild Northland, Being the Story of a Winter Journey: With Dogs, Across Northern North America

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Allerton Book Company, 1904 - Northwest, Canadian - 360 pages
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Page 362 - The Wild North Land; the Story of a Winter Journey with Dogs across Northern North America. Demy 8vo, cloth, with numerous Woodcuts and a Map, 4th Edition, iSs.
Page 347 - British possessions from the northwest angle of the Lake of the Woods to the Rocky Mountains, commenced in 1872, has been completed.
Page 309 - ... are bounded to the South by the Territories of the United States of America, to the West by the Pacific Ocean and the Frontier of the Russian Territories in North America, to the North by the Sixtieth Parallel of North Latitude, and to the East from the Boundary of the United States Northwards by the Rocky Mountains and the One hundred and twentieth Meridian of West Longitude...
Page 48 - But where and whence came the wild denizens of the waste? Who shall say? Fifty writers have broached their various theories, a hundred solutions have been offered. The missionary claims them as the lost tribes of Israel, one ethnologist finds in them a likeness to the Tartar, another sees the Celtic eye, another the Roman nose, another traces them back to Japan, or China, or Australasia; the old world is scarcely large enough to give them room for their speculations. And what say we? Nothing; or...
Page 205 - ... from his feeding track. He knows he must get the wind of any one following his trail. "In the morning Twa-poos, or the Three Thumbs, sets forth to look for a moose. He hits the trail and follows it; every now and again he examines the broken willow tops or the hoof marks.
Page 53 - It was little wonder that he called the buffalo his only friend. Its skin gave him a house, its robe a blanket and a bed, its undressed hide a boat, its short, curved horn a powder-flask, its meat his daily food, its sinew a string for his bow, its leather a lariat for his horse, a saddle, bridle, rein, and bit. Its tail formed an ornament for his tent, its inner skin a book in which to sketch the brave deeds of his life, the " medicine robe
Page 59 - South-west from the Eagle Hills, far out in the prairie, there lies a lake whose waters never rest ; day and night a ceaseless murmur breaks the silence of the spot. "See," says the Red man, "it is from under that lake that our buffalo comes. You say they are all gone ; but look, they come again and again to us. We cannot kill them all — they are there under that lake. Do you hear the noise which .never ceases? It is the buffalo fighting with each other far down 59 under the ground, and striving...
Page 91 - Highland glen, must have come to these men as the tempest swept the stunted pine-forest, andv- wrack and drift hurled across the frozen lake — when the dawn and the dusk, separated by only a few hours' daylight, closed into the long, dark night. Perchance the savage scene was lost in a dreamy vision of some lonely Scottish loch, some Druid mound in far away Lewis, some vista of a fireside, when storm howled and waves ran high upon the beach of Stornoway.
Page 351 - River valley is one so singularly formed that it would seem as though some superhuman sword had at a single stroke cut through a labyrinth of mountains for 300 miles, down deep into the bowels of the land. Let us suppose that the mass of mountains lying west of the Tete Jeune has been found practicable for a line, and that the Frazer River has been finally reached on any part of its course between Quesnelle and the Cascade range at Lyttou.
Page 256 - Then he took from the cask of powder three skins' worth, from the tobacco four skins' worth, from the shot the same; and sticking the requisite number of martens...

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