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Dawn came, the sun rose, and
Hughes got up and stretched his
cramped limbs. Wolves seldom ven
ture forth in the morning. But he did
not dare to go far away.
He waited all day, without a bite
to eat, then lighted a fire again and
took up the watch. And again he
guarded the den all night in vain.
The second day a hunter friend
came along, and gave Hughes a little
The third day dawned and Hughes,
cold and hungry, paced up and down,
always keeping an eye on the den.
The fourth day he had nothing at
all to eat. It was a test of hunger
now, man against wolf, and Hughes
determined to starve out the wolves,
though he starved himself.
As evening came his eyes began to
play him tricks from the long strain.
He saw eyes and heads where there
was none and fired once at the
empty air. Then Tie took a fresh grip
on himself and waited.
At last a gaunt form sneaked forth
and stood a moment, throwing a
shadow on the rock. He fired and the
form dropped and lay still. It "was
the she-wolf, the leader of the pack.
The hunter was sure the rest of
the wolves were smaller and they
would follow. He grasped a club and
stood over the entrance of the den.
Soon they came, one by one, and as
they appeared he brought the club
"All night he sat there, in the light of his campfire, motionless. Some
times he could hear a snarl back in the den, but no heads showed. It grew
bitter cold in spite of the fire. S