Magazine article Sunset

That Spot

Magazine article Sunset

That Spot

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VOICES WEST

FEBRUARY 1908

*We started for the Klondike in the fall rush of 1897, and we started too late to get over Chilcoot Pass before the freezeup. We packed our outfit on our backs part way over, when the snow began to fly, and then we had to buy dogs in order to sled it the rest of the way. That was how we came to get that Spot. Dogs were high and we paid one hundred and ten dollars for him. He looked worth it. I say looked, because he was one of the finest appearing dogs I ever saw. He weighed sixty pounds, and he had all the lines of a good sled animal. We never could make out his breed. He wasn't husky, nor Malemute, nor Hudson Bay; he looked like all of them and he didn't look like any of them, and on top of it all he had some of the white man's dog in him, for on one side, in the thick of the mixed yellow-brown-red-and-dirtywhite that was his prevailing color, there was a spot of coal black as big as a water bucket. That was why we called him Spot. …

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