Keesh


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n.1.See Kish.
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And the winter darkness, when the north gales make their long sweep across the ice-pack, and the air is filled with flying white, and no man may venture forth, is the chosen time for the telling of how Keesh, from the poorest IGLOO in the village, rose to power and place over them all.
The father of Keesh had been a very brave man, but he had met his death in a time of famine, when he sought to save the lives of his people by taking the life of a great polar bear.
It was at a council, one night, in the big IGLOO of Klosh-Kwan, the chief, that Keesh showed the blood that ran in his veins and the manhood that stiffened his back.
Never shall I speak in the council again, never again till the men come to me and say, 'It is well, Keesh, that thou shouldst speak, it is well and it is our wish.
But a day passed, and a second, and on the third a wild gale blew, and there was no Keesh.
Early next morning, however, Keesh strode into the village.
But arrived at the spot, they found not only the kill, which they had doubted, but that Keesh had quartered the beasts in true hunter fashion, and removed the entrails.
Thus began the mystery of Keesh, a mystery that deepened and deepened with the passing of the days.
Keesh and his mother moved into it, and it was the first prosperity she had enjoyed since the death of Bok.
As commanded, we journeyed on the trail of Keesh, and cunningly we journeyed, so that he might not know.
And Keesh continued to make off over the ice to a safe distance.
And Keesh followed after the bear, and we followed after Keesh, and for that day and three days more we followed.