Transactions of the Chicago Academy of Sciences Volume 1

Transactions of the Chicago Academy of Sciences Volume 1

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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. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ...the finding of the way; and besides the suffering from cold, caused by the wind, is very great. Some well-trained old foregoers among the dogs will, however, often find the road across the mountains when their drivers can not do it, and many a voyageur has been saved from much misery, if not even death, sometimes, by the sagacity of his dog. From the last camping place on one side of the height of land, to the firston the other, is a distance of near thirty miles; and in winter this distance must be made without " putting ashore." In spring the voyageurs sometimes sleep on the mountams without fire; and several places were pointed out to me, high up on the mountains, where unfortunate chaps, having lost their way, have been obliged to dig a hole in the snow, and pass a long, midwinter night, till daylight or a lull "n the wind should enable them to distinguish the landmarks. After spending one night in the camp last mentioned (and a miserable one it was), we again attempted to cross the mountains, as the wind was a little less strong, and it had grown much warmer. In fact, from this time till the end of the gale, it was quite warm for the season, not below zero probably. We bad, however, only made two short pipes ere the gale increased to a perfect hurricane, the like of which, in this country, is only seen on the mountains; and indeed this was the hardest gale ever experienced by the oldest voyageurs among us. So we were forced to throw off our loads half way up the first mountain and make our escape to the camp. The rate at which we then went tearing down the mountain side, with the gale astern, brought railroads forcibly to mind. The dogs were glad to turn and did not " air" themselves. There was no...show more

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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236897897
  • 9781236897893