The leading dog gave a yelp, and strained at his collar, and a moment later all the teams were moving southward.
The leading dog had been once across the previous year with the doctor.
Instantly a sharp command hurled the leading dog heading for the open where the surface was hard and dry.
But here, also, the leading dog only at first showed himself.
Mr. Baxter directed the leading dog team as nearly as possible between two fires.
Away they go in pursuit, and only the leading dog and the driver are aware of the ruse that has been played.
They let drive another straggling volley, and with a convulsive spring in air, the leading dog of the team dropped dead.
The leading dog, "Brin," as he wallowed about managed to reach it, at the end of his long trace of about sixty feet.
The leading dog yelped again, and the others responded in joyful chorus.
Tinker, the leading dog, was fully thirty-five feet from the komatik when his trace was stretched to its full length.