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Out in the Wild, in the bone-numbing North, two men are mushing to McGurry. Their dogs are running along forward and they have a box lashed to the sled. In the box is the body of Lord Alfred, a man from the outside who froze to death. Such is the way of the North. The chill threatens to stop movement, to pull all life to a halt. But Bill and Henry push on, urging the dogs forward through the snow. Wolves howl behind them.
When they set up for camp, Bill notices that the dogs are a bit wilder than usual. Henry shrugs, but Bill tells him that he thinks that when he fed them there was a wolf among their dogs--he gave out an extra fish. The wolves move closer, their howls in the background of Henry and Bill's conversation, and Bill becomes nervous. He only has three cartridges left in his rifle. Before they go to sleep, Bill sees another dog with their own. In the morning, Bill notices that one of their dogs, Fatty, is missing. Fatty was eaten by the wolves.
They eat breakfast and set out again. That evening, one of the wolves tries to steal salmon from Bill, and he tells Henry that the wolf looked just like a dog. The next morning, Frog, the strongest of their dogs, is gone. They harness the remaining four dogs to the sled and continue.
That night, they tie the dogs using leather and sticks to prevent them from chewing through the ropes. Bill and Henry sit by the fire and while they watch, the doglike wolf glides close to One Ear, one of their dogs, trying to lure him away. Bill says that he will shoot her when he can get a sure shot.
The next morning, Spanker is gone, chewed loose by another dog. A hundred yards from their campsite they find the stick that he was tied with--the leather chewed off of both ends. The wolves are in the middle of a famine and are desperate for food.
That evening, the doglike wolf comes near the campsite, and they notice that it has a reddish fur and looks for everything like a dog, albeit a very hungry dog who is eyeing them as a meal. Bill lifts his gun up to his shoulder, but the wolf knows what it is and leaps away before he can take a shot. They camp early, and Bill says that the wolves are land-sharks waiting to die.
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