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Truefitt left Miss Renton aboard
and started out on his 20-miLe tramp
along the coast until he reached the
friendly village of the Eskimos.
Two women and a dog came out
to meet him. Their speech. so far
as Truefitt could understand it, told
of horrors such as had never come
1 upun uiu village ueiure.
(y Outside the encampment was a
mound of empty gin bottles! -Eskimo
graves were scattered every
where. It was a village of the dead.
A white man staggered toward
Truefitt Gaunt and emaciated, his
eyes- blazing with delirium, Truefitt
. recognized in him James Fawn.
Fawn knew him, but only as a de
lirious man half recognizes a com
panion of old time. From his dis
jointed utterances Truefitt learned
what had happened. Fawn had tak
en a cargo of gin to the north to ex
change for walrus ivory, in the hope
of making a quick fortune. He had
been the destruction of the settle
ment and had nearly killed himself
during the long months after he had
abandoned hope of rescue. And
round about his hut was heaped the
ivory that had been gathered for him
by the native hunters.
For two days Truefitt attended
Fawn, until the fight of reason came
back into his eyes. One the third
morning Truefitt told him of Mabel's
presence on board.
"Pull yourself together, man," he
said, "and she shall never know what
has happened. Be a man. Make
yourself worthy of her."
"You speak as if you were inter
ested in her yourself," sneered Fawn.
Truefitt, without replying, began
to pack the sleigh. But before he
had completed this task he saw an
other sleigh coming toward them
over the ice. Presently Mabel and a
"I couldn't wait; I was so alarmed
when you dfd not return," she cried.
"Where is he?"
irueuii puniLcu siieuuy inuu me i
fcut. Mabel went in. 'When she!
emerged half an hour later there
was a grave look on her face.
"We must take him aboard at
once," she said.
Fawn would not leave until his
ivory was all packed. That meant
that Mabel and Truefitt had to walk
the entire distance. Mabel continued
to look in strange surmise upon
Truefitt. It was plain that Fawn had
not attempted to conceal the moral
degeneration that had overtaken
Hours passed. The sleigh had left
the land and was proceeding slowly
across the ice. Ii front of them went
the sailors with the sleigh loaded
with ivory tusks, the dogs straining
at their difficult burden.
They were forced to encamp for
the night by a violent snowstorm. An
ice- hut was constructed and they
shivered all night in their sleeping
At midnight Fawn began an alter
cation with Truefitt in a low voice.
The feck of his accustomed stimu
lant had made him almost insane.
"You love her," he mumbled.
"Hush!" said Truefitt, looking
across toward the girl. "Miss Ren
ton will hear you."
"You love her," repeated Fawn,
raising his voice. "You have tricked
me, curse you!"
By the light of the oil lamp True
fitt could see that Mabel's eyes were
open. She was watching them. And
all through the night Truefitt strug
gled to calm Fawn, listening to his
abuse and urging him to be calm.
Toward dawn Fawn pubsided and
watched the others craftily. There
was something in his mind, which
Truefitt could not divine. They har
nessed in the dogs and proceeded
across the pack ice.
Fawn left Mabel -and proceeded
with the leading sleigh that contain
ed the ivory. He seemed unwilling
to leave his treasure. He sent the
sailor back tx the others-and wanted