Hearst's International Volume 15

Hearst's International Volume 15

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...a sudden plunge is made into unexpected depths of water, and horse and rider go down together. Sometimes a churning boulder in the swift waters takes a horse 's feet from under him, and rider and beast are rolled down the bed of the torrent. An explorer says calmly that "when this happens the man scrambles ashore and endeavors to aid the horse." It is said in the same matter-of-fact way that a farmer would say that he aids his team in starting a load by putting his shoulder to the wheel. _ Thomas G. Gerdine has been a pioneer in mapping Alaska. His charts have been used by so-called explorers who came after, and by prospectors without end. Members of the Survey, coming years later, have been surprised to find Gerdine's landmarks at the tops of lofty mountains and in inland solitudes where they had believed the foot of white man had never penetrated. Gerdine himself tells of ascending inland streams where the only method of getting the provisions through is to wade through the swift currents and tow them. The men are often wet from head to-foot for days and weeks, from floundering through waters that are sometimes knee deep and sometimes up to the chin. These waters are but recently melted snows or the flow from the face of helped run a line on the first day out, but at nightfall it was reported that scarcely a mile had been covered. It developed that the son of the representative of the people had slipped into a brook early in the day and gotten one of his feet wet. He and his man were forced to return to ca.n1p that he might change his stocking, and as it was 11 o'clock they decided that it would not be worth while going out again that day. The party being short two of its men was unable to carry on the...show more

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  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 503g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236791037
  • 9781236791030