With scant scraps of food remaining, the three began a desperate struggle against starvation and the rapidly approaching and unforgiving winter as they raced home for their lives...
In the summer of 1903, Dillon Wallace had the privilege to accompany his friend, Leonidas Hubbard, Jr., to explore a section of the unknown interior of Labrador. The expedition had a disastrous ending and Hubbard, fighting bravely and heroically to the last, finally succumbed to starvation. Before Hubbard's death, Dillon Wallace gave him his promise that should he survive he would write and publish the story of the journey. In "The Lure of The Labrador Wild" that pledge was kept. While Hubbard and Wallace were struggling inland over those desolate wastes, where life was always uncertain, they entered into a pact that in case one of them fell the other would carry to completion the exploratory work that Hubbard had planned and begun. Providence willed that it should become the duty of Dillon Wallace to fulfill this pact. You will read the amazing record of this real-life story in "The Long Labrador Trail.”
TABLE of CONTENTS
DEDICATION PREFACE CHAPTER I—THE VOICE OF THE WILDERNESS. CHAPTER II—ON THE THRESHOLD OF THE UNKNOWN. CHAPTER III—THE LAST OF CIVILIZATION. CHAPTER IV—ON THE OLD INDIAN TRAIL. CHAPTER V—WE GO ASTRAY. CHAPTER VI—LAKE NIPISHISH IS REACHED. CHAPTER VII—SCOUTING FOR THE TRAIL. CHAPTER VIII—SEAL LAKE AT LAST. CHAPTER IX—WE LOSE THE TRAIL. CHAPTER X—“WE SEE MICHIKAMAU”. CHAPTER XI—THE PARTING AT MICHIKAMAU. CHAPTER XII—OVER THE NORTHERN DIVIDE. CHAPTER XIII—DISASTER IN THE RAPIDS. CHAPTER XIV—TIDE WATER AND THE POST. CHAPTER XV—OFF WITH THE ESKIMOS. CHAPTER XVI—CAUGHT BY THE ARCTIC ICE. CHAPTER XVII—TO WHALE RIVER AND FORT CHIMO. CHAPTER XVIII—THE INDIANS OF THE NORTH. CHAPTER XIX—THE ESKIMOS OF LABRADOR. CHAPTER XX—THE SLEDGE JOURNEY BEGUN. CHAPTER XXI—CROSSING THE BARRENS. CHAPTER XXII—ON THE ATLANTIC ICE. CHAPTER XXIII—BACK TO NORTHWEST RIVER. CHAPTER XXIV—THE END OF THE LONG TRAIL.
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Dillon Wallace was born in Craigsville, New York in 1863. In 1888, he moved to New York City where he became a lawyer. In 1900, Wallace became friends with Leonidas Hubbard, Jr. the assistant-editor for Outing, an American nature magazine. Hubbard convinced the forty-year-old Wallace, to accompany him on the Labrador canoe trip of which Wallace wrote in "Lure of the Labrador Wild". Mistakenly taking the Susan River instead of the Naskaupi the trip ended in tragedy. Hubbard died of exhaustion and starvation before they were to escape the interior of Labrador in October 1903. Wallace returned to New York in 1904 with Hubbard's body and obtaining the rights to use Hubbard's field notes, maps and photographs from his widow wrote "Lure Of The Labrador Wild". Released in 1905 the book became an instant best seller in the United States and Canada. Mina Hubbard was not happy with the book. She thought it an unfair depiction of her late husband. Both Dillon Wallace and Mina Hubbard resolved to return to the Labrador to complete the unfulfilled objectives of the original expedition. The press depicted the two journeys as a race which Mina Hubbard won. Wallace wrote up his second expedition in this book "The Long Labrador Trail", released in 1907. He then turned to writing and exploring as a new career. In 1907 he published his first tale of fiction, "Ungava Bob". Subsequent journeys in other parts of North America were published as "Beyond The Mexican Sierras" (1910) and "Saddle And Camp In The Rockies" (1911). He wrote twenty-eight books many of them wilderness adventures for young boys. In 1911, Wallace moved to Beacon, New York, resumed his law practice and became heavily involved in the Scouting movement. Wallace's last published book, "The Camper's Handbook", appeared in 1936. He died in 1939.
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