It was the Wild, the savage, frozen- hearted Northland Wild.
And this was the epitaph of a dead dog on the Northland trail--less scant than the epitaph of many another dog, of many a man.
Marshall Elliott looked like a Viking of elder days, dancing with one of the blue-eyed, golden-haired daughters of the Northland
They often speculated over his past, and tried to conjure up (from what they had read and heard) what his northland life had been.
"What have you to offer him in that northland life?"
All of which came to pass; and the boat, in the grip of the current, like a river steamer with smoke rising from the two joints of stove-pipe, grounded on shoals, hung up on split currents, and charged rapids and canyons, as it drove deeper into the Northland winter.
Fortunately, when winter snow falls in the Northland the thermometer invariably rises; so, instead of the customary forty and fifty and even sixty degrees below zero, the temperature remained fifteen below.
He had heard of the nature of the Arabs who penetrate thus far to the South, and what he had heard had convinced him that a snake or a panther would as quickly befriend him as one of these villainous renegades from the Northland
It required but the matter of a few seconds to don the necessary orluk-skin clothing, with the heavy, fur-lined boots that are so essential a part of the garmenture of one who would successfully contend with the frozen trails and the icy winds of the bleak northland
Because men, groping in the Arctic darkness, had found a yellow metal, and because steamship and transportation companies were booming the find, thousands of men were rushing into the Northland
. These men wanted dogs, and the dogs they wanted were heavy dogs, with strong muscles by which to toil, and furry coats to protect them from the frost.
The days passed, and the winter began merging imperceptibly into the Northland
spring that comes like a thunderbolt of suddenness.
In the midst of it the rain came--not as it comes upon us of the northlands
, but in a sudden, choking, blinding deluge.