When a seal was caught, Kotuko the dog would bound forward, his trace trailing behind him, and help to pull the body to the sleigh, where the tired and hungry dogs lay sullenly under the lee of the broken ice.
One night--he had unbuckled himself after ten hours' waiting above a "blind" seal-hole, and was staggering back to the village faint and dizzy--he halted to lean his back against a boulder which happened to be supported like a rocking-stone on a single jutting point of ice. His weight disturbed the balance of the thing, it rolled over ponderously, and as Kotuko sprang aside to avoid it, slid after him, squeaking and hissing on the ice-slope.
The temperature was always at 5@ below zero; every outward part of the Nautilus was covered with ice.
A rigged vessel would have been entangled in the blocked up gorges.
These bubbles are from an eightieth to an eighth of an inch in diameter, very clear and beautiful, and you see your face reflected in them through the ice.
There may be thirty or forty of them to a square inch.
We watched the rapid progress of the traveller with our telescopes until he was lost among the distant inequalities of the ice.
This appearance excited our unqualified wonder.
Little Kay was quite blue, yes nearly black with cold; but he did not observe it, for she had kissed away all feeling of cold from his body, and his heart was a lump of ice.
He was dragging along some pointed flat pieces of ice, which he laid together in all possible ways, for he wanted to make something with them; just as we have little flat pieces of wood to make geometrical figures with, called the Chinese Puzzle.
Natasha only desisted when she had been told that there would be pineapple ice.
Before the ices, champagne was served round.
On the second day after this determination, they were again upon Snake River, but, contrary to their expectations, it was nearly free from ice.
A narrow riband ran along the shore, and sometimes there was a kind of bridge across the stream, formed of old ice and snow.
If not, the meat freezes so solidly as to turn the edge of the sharpest knife, and a three-hundred-pound bear, frozen stiff, is no easy thing to put upon a sled and haul over the rough ice.
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.
In Dawson City a thousand men, with dog-teams, were waiting the freeze-up to come out over the ice.
The trading companies could not fill their grub-contracts, and partners were cutting the cards to see which should go and which should stay and work the claims.
On that day of the week and at that time of day people of one set, all acquainted with one another, used to meet on the ice.
There were crack skaters there, showing off their skill, and learners clinging to chairs with timid, awkward movements, boys, and elderly people skating with hygienic motives.
At twelve o'clock, when the sun peeped over the earth-bulge, they stopped and built a small fire on the ice.
Daylight, with the ax, chopped chunks off the frozen sausage of beans.