The North Pole, and How Charlie Wilson Discovered It, by the Author of 'The Realm of the Ice King'

The North Pole, and How Charlie Wilson Discovered It, by the Author of 'The Realm of the Ice King'

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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. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ...a chorus of savage howls bursting at the same moment from their hungry jaws. Svendson pulled the reins, and used the whip freely, in order to keep the dogs on the northward course; but the famished animals were ungovernable, and a struggle for the mastery ensued, ending with the dogs rushing wildly against the side of a steep hummock, overturning the sledge, and pitching Charlie and the Swede into the snow. The traces being broken by the strain, two of the dogs were released, and started off at full speed on the trail of the fox. "Confound the brutes!" exclaimed Svendson, scrambling to his feet, and laying about him furiously with the whip, until he saw that the dogs, in their struggles to escape the lash, were likely to destroy their harness, and follow their liberated fellows. "Let us leave the sledge as it is, in which position the dogs cannot move it, and go after the runaways," said Charlie. "And return to find the stores plundered by a bear!" returned the Swede, in an angry tone. "Let the brutes go; there will be the fewer to feed, and these will have to work the harder." "I daresay they will follow us," said Charlie, ascending a hummock to look after the runaway dogs, who were, however, hidden from sight behind a ridge, though their cries could still be heard. He then assisted Svendson to right the sledge, and reload it with the scattered cases of provisions and bags of fuel. Again the journey was resumed, but at a diminished rate of speed, owing to the loss of the two dogs that had gone in pursuit of the fox. They had travelled in this manner about an hour when they saw, a little westward of their direct course, a dark object on the horizon, like pinnacles of a rocky mountain...show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123685862X
  • 9781236858627