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Arctic Explorations Volume 1; The Second Grinnell Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin, 1853, '54, '55 by Elisha Kent Kane
Arctic Explorations Volume 1; The Second Grinnell Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin, 1853, '54, '55
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Author: Elisha Kent Kane
Page Count: 98 pages
Published Date: 01 May 2012
Publisher: Rarebooksclub.com
Publication Country: Miami Fl, United States
Language: English
ISBN: 9781235057557
File size: 17 Mb
Download Link: Arctic Explorations Volume 1; The Second Grinnell Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin, 1853, '54, '55
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1857 Excerpt: ...hummocks could not be turned. The sledge had to be lifted over them by main strength, and it required the most painful efforts of the whole party to liberate it from the snow between them. On the 26th, disasters accumulated. William Godfrey, one of the sturdiest travellers, broke down; and THE DOGS TANGLED. 251 the dogs, the indispensable reliance of the party, were in bad working trim. The rude harness, always apt to become tangled and broken, had been mended so often and with such imperfect means as to be scarcely serviceable. This evil would seem the annoyance of an hour to the travellers in a stage-coach, but to a sledge-party on the ice-waste it is the gravest that can be conceived. The Esquimaux dog, as I before mentioned, is driven by a single trace, a long thin thong of seal or walrus-hide, which passes from his chest over his haunches to the sledge. The team is always driven abreast, and the traces are of course tangling and 252 MENDING THE HARNESS. twisting themselves up incessantly, as the half-wild or terrified brutes bound right or left from their prescribed positions. The consequence is, that the seven or nine or fourteen lines have a marvellous aptitude at knotting themselves up beyond the reach of skill and patience. If the weather is warm enough to thaw the snow, they become utterly soft and flaccid, and the naked hand, if applied ingeniously, may dispense with a resort to the Gordian process. But in the severe cold, such as I experienced in my winter journeys of 1854, the knife is often the only appliance; an unsafe one if invoked too often, for every new attachment shortens your harness, and you may end by drawing your dogs so close that they cannot pull. I have been obliged to halt and camp on the open floe, till I could renew enough of ...

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