My dogs in the Northland (1902) (14761514111)


My dogs in the Northland (1902) (14761514111)



Identifier: mydogsinnorthlan00youn (find matches)
Title: My dogs in the Northland
Year: 1902 (1900s)
Authors: Young, Egerton Ryerson, 1840-1909
Publisher: New York, Chicago (etc.) F.H. Revell company
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hilarating and provocativeof the fine appetite, that is ready for anyfood that is prepared, no matter if the prep-arations be primitive and the cooks onlyRed Indians. XVII STILL ON THE TRAIL WITH THE DOGS THE preparation of the bed in thewinter camp and getting ready tooccupy it were interesting operations.In the previous chapter we have describedthe method of piling up the snow out of theselected camp in drifts or banks on threesides. Sometimes when we were not tooweary and there was abundance of livespruce or balsam trees near, we would cutsome of them down and luxuriously carpetour camp with their branches finely brokenup. Generally we were satisfied to leave afew inches of snow on the ground. On thiswe spread out our robes and blankets. MyIndians were capital bed makers, and Inever once had to complain of them.Thoroughly and well would they arrangethe under robes and blankets, taking greatcare to remove every stone or stick which,under ones back or ribs, would not invitesleep. 260
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Still on the Trail with the Dogs 261 Some travellers prefer to sleep in a greatfur bag. I tried one for a season, but sodisliked it that I discarded it ever after.There was such a sensation of perfect help-lessness when in it, a feeling of powerless-ness if one should be attacked by fire or manor beast. So as I found out that thesethings bothered me, I returned to the old-fashioned bed and always had more com-fort in it than in any fur bag I ever tried. The preparation a person has to makebefore he can safely get into such a bed isquite elaborate. Anything like disrobing,as is customary in civilization, is there outof the question. The only undressing* therepermissible, is the unbuttoning of yourshirt collar. This makes it a little easierto breathe, and that is an important matter,as you will soon find out. I found it con-ducive to my comfort to change the mocca-sins and stockings in which I had beentravelling during the day, for much largerones at night. My weary feet seemed restedby

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