"IT'S hopeless," Weedon Scott confessed.
He sat on the step of his cabin and stared at the dog- musher, who responded with a shrug that was equally hopeless.
Together they looked at White Fang at the end of his stretched chain, bristling, snarling, ferocious, straining to get at the sled-dogs. Having received sundry lessons from Matt, said lessons being imparted by means of a club, the sled-dogs had learned to leave White Fang alone; and even then they were lying down at a distance, apparently oblivious of his existence.
"It's a wolf and there's no taming it," Weedon Scott announced.
"Oh, I don't know about that," Matt objected. "Might be a lot of dog in 'm, for all you can tell. But there's one thong I know sure, an' that there's no gettin' away from."
The dog-musher paused and nodded his head confidentially at Moosehide Mountain.*
"Well, don't be a miser with what you know," Scott said sharply, after waiting a suitable length of time. "Spit it out. What is it?"
The dog-musher indicated White Fang with a backward thrust of his thumb.
"Wolf or dog, it's all the same--he's ben tamed a'ready."
"I tell you yes, an' broke to harness. Look close there. D'ye see them marks across the chest?"
"You're right, Matt. He was a sled-dog before Beauty Smith got hold of him."
"An' there's not much reason against his bein' a sled-dog "What d'ye think?" Scott queried eagerly. Then the hope died down as he added, Shaking his head, "We've had him