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Buck raised his head to watch. Pike was leading, followed by Sol-leks, Joe, and Teek. All four dogs were limping and staggering. As Buck looked on, Thornton knelt beside him and searched his body for broken bones. He found nothing more than many bruises and a state of starvation. By this time the sled was a quarter of a mile away. Dog and man watched it crawling along the ice. Suddenly, they saw the sled’s back end drop down, as into a rut. Then a whole section of ice gave way, and the dogs and humans disappeared!
He pulled when he could. When he could no longer pull, he fell down. And he remained down until blows from a whip or club drove him to his feet again. Soon Buck and the other six remaining dogs looked like bags of bones. There came a day when Billee fell and could not rise. Hal knocked Billee on the head with his axe, and dragged his body out of the harness. On the next day, Koona went. Only five remained: Joe, Pike, Sol-leks, Teek, and Buck, still at the head of the team. It was beautiful spring weather, but neither dogs nor humans were aware of it.
But they didn’t listen. Then Hal tripped and was pulled off his feet. The sled ground over him, and the dogs dashed 52 The Toil of Trace and Trail • 7 ahead. The rest of the load was scattered along Skagway’s main street. Kind people on the street caught the dogs and gathered up the scattered belongings. They also gave advice: Half the load and twice the dogs. That is, if they ever expected to reach Dawson. Hal and Charles and Mercedes went through their belongings. They got rid of article after article.