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CROWDS CHEER AND CURSE DYINCTDOGS AND
DRIVERS IN ALL-ALASKA RACE
This Is the Way the TeamsiAppear In the All-Alaska SweepkaKes. Teams
I Start One at a Tirhe. V I
Nome, JMaska, May-28. The great
est sportmg3s5E3ilvflie north is the
All-Alaska sweepstakes, the annual
dog raceJ from Nome to Candle and
return, a' distance of 412 mile's.
It is tfcen the grizzled old sour
doughs ijepme hysterical with the
thrill of te" sport. Tears start down
the cheeks of some as they call en
dearing names to", their favorites in
the harness". Qther yell, shakp their
nsis ana curse m strange,, picturesque
phrases. The deljnuki of excigment
would be (hard io flupcate-any other
place on the glqb'et ,-
three of the doesdvmfe in the sled.
either deader dyiig, as neirmales
struggle mfee hard pbntespEhiy-
across the snow must comein at the
Qnish, whether m the harness, or a
3tQl carcass. One dogmissing from
the team disqualifies the driver, and
compels him to forfeit the ?10 en
"When the moment of the race is at
hand there is a sight not to be match
ed (far your Alaskan, at least) any
Jther place in the world. Lean, strong
if limb and intelligent, the dogs ef
the different ,teanjsfqrj4 a pleasing
pictureas they 'strain, onJthe harness
waiting for the'sjgna from starter.
The race is" agaitfst fame hut the
teams usually follqw each other over
the starting line in rapid succession.
Sixteen to eighteen dogs strung out
ahead of asle"iTthat weighs ohly some
thirty" pounds, but is as strong as
steel, trot briskly pvexthe mail trail
and presently disappear. ,
' The last' cheers finally die. away
and Nome .tries to go about jher reg
ular business, but hertthoughts are
out on thj snow fields :with the glid
lTHfrltfv milpc Armnrn a ro? nn-xra yaA
befdre4he first halt fa tailed.
It's a hard 'struggle at best, but
dog that starts on the longncourse. .when j:abUzzani-swoops dawn and
.-. i --2.i. i-cM-i- i il.. j.JI J i . .
wipes out me -irau ana wjnas cut to
the marrow and choke the lungs,
and when the team goes astray, and "
frost nipsthe dogs' feet then it
takes a man with strong courage and .
determination to keep going. Bat"
quitters aren't known in the annals of
Rigid precautions are taken against
suhstitufiAg fresh dogs en- route.
Each dbg is photographed before the