Keesh


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n.1.See Kish.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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KEESH lived long ago on the rim of the polar sea, was head man of his village through many and prosperous years, and died full of honors with his name on the lips of men.
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.
Keesh's eyes began to flash, and the blood to pound darkly under his skin.
"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.' Take this now, ye men, for my last word.
But a day passed, and a second, and on the third a wild gale blew, and there was no Keesh. Ikeega tore her hair and put soot of the seal-oil on her face in token of her grief; and the women assailed the men with bitter words in that they had mistreated the boy and sent him to his death; and the men made no answer, preparing to go in search of the body when the storm abated.
Early next morning, however, Keesh strode into the village.
The men could not bring themselves to believe that the boy Keesh, single-handed, had accomplished so great a marvel.
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.
But it was the mystery of Keesh's marvellous hunting that took chief place in all their minds.
As commanded, we journeyed on the trail of Keesh, and cunningly we journeyed, so that he might not know.