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The für Country

By Danvers, N.

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Title: The für Country  
Author: Danvers, N.
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Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Children's literature, Children's fiction
Collections: Children's Literature Collection
Historic
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Publisher: World Public Library Association

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Excerpt: A SOIREE AT FORT RELIANCE. On the evening of the 17th March 1859, Captain Craventy gave a fˆte at Fort Reliance. Our readers must not at once imagine a grand entertainment, such as a court ball, or a musical soiree with a fine orchestra. Captain Craventy?s reception was a very simple affair, yet he had spared no pains to give it Eclat. In fact, under the auspices of Corporal Joliffe, the large room on the ground-floor was completely transformed. The rough walls, constructed of roughly-hewn trunks of trees piled up horizontally, were still visible, it is true, but their nakedness was disguised by arms and amour, borrowed from the arsenal of the fort, and by an English tent at each corner of the room. Two lamps suspended by chains, like chandeliers, and provided with tin reflectors, relieved the gloomy appearance of the blackened beams of the ceiling, and sufficiently illuminated the misty atmosphere of the room. The narrow windows, some of them mere loopholes, were so encrusted with hoar-frost that it was impossible to look through them; but two or three pieces of red bunting, tastily arranged about them, challenged the admiration of all who entered. The floor, of rough joists of wood laid parallel with each other, had been carefully swept by Corporal Joliffe. No sofas, chairs, or other modern furniture, impeded the free circulation of the guests. Wooden benches half fixed against the walls, huge blocks of wood cut with the axe, and two tables with clumsy legs, were all the appliances of luxury the saloon could boast of. But the partition wall, with a narrow door leading into the next room, was decorated in a style alike costly and picturesque. From the beams hung magnificent furs admirably arranged, the equal of which could not be seen in the more favored regions of Regent Street or the Perspective-Newski. It seemed as if the whole fauna of the ice-bound North were here represented by their finest skins. The eye wandered from the furs of wolves, grey bears, polar bears, otters, wolverines, beavers, muskrats, water pole-cats, ermines, and silver foxes; and above this display was an inscription in brilliantly-colored and artistically shaped cardboard...

Table of Contents
Table of Contents: Part I -- I A Soir‚e at Fort Reliance -- II The Hudson?s Bay Fur Company -- III A Savant Thawed -- IV A Factory -- V From Fort Reliance to Fort enterprise -- VI A Wapiti Duel -- VII The Arctic Circle -- VIII The Great Bear Lake -- IX A Storm on the Lake -- X A Retrospect -- XI Along the Coast -- XII The Midnight Sun -- XIII Fort Hope -- XIV Some Excursions -- XV Fifteen Miles from Cape Bathurst -- XVI Two Shots -- XVII The Approach of Winter -- XVIII The Polar Night -- XIX A Neighbourly Visit -- XX Mercury Freezes -- XXI The Large Polar Bears -- XXII Five Months More -- XXIII The Eclipse of the 18th June 1860


 

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