Back to God's Country

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In days when the lure of
gold lay heavy on the land
there labored into the great
white north a Chinaman
named Shan Tung, and with
him a giant dog called Tao.

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The Telegraph Trail Bar - a
haven for venturesome men
of forty years ago, before
the long arm of the law
reached into the savagery
   of the wilderness.

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The deadliest of 
all insults to the 
   yellow man.

4
In the years that follow,
farther and still farther 
north wanders the blood
of Tao the Great Dane,
  until at last ....

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.... on the edge of the
Arctic Sea, comes "Wapi
the Killer," a throw-
back of forty dog
generations, a white 
man's dog in a brown 
    man's land.

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An alien without friends,
hating the men who
understand nothing of
the magic of kindness and
love, but whose law is
 the law of the whip
    and the club.

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"Sealskin" Blake -
 free trader among the
 Eskimo, barterer in
 furs, whalebone - and
 other things
	- Charles Arling

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And while a strange instinct
brings to Wapi visions of a
world he has never seen,
Destiny weaves its whimsi-
cal web in the far southern
   forests a thousand
       miles away.

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"Peter Burke is my 
name - I'm a naturalist
and investigator for 
the Government -
wandering in search
of material for a new
book."
	- Wheeler Oakman

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"We don't have much
company, an' you're
welcome here."

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"Yes, m'sieu, she loves the
forests - and has made
friends of all wild things."

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Magic night - and the 
 love flame kindled.

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"I'm with you,
old man!"

14
Days of sunshine and
romance follow swiftly
in the lives of Peter
    and Dolores.

15
"Want your supper, Cubby?
Well, so do I."

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"Hungry - everybody
hungry! Wonder where
Dolores can be?"

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Peter prepares for a
quick trip to the line
of rail - and Ottawa.

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Real tragedy draws near in
the form of a man-beast
named Rydal - a lawless
trading vessel master forced
to seek safety inland.
	- Wellington Plater

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"You are my prisoner,
Rydal. The law wants you
for killing Scotty Ross."

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"We'll make that uniform
our passport out of this 
accursed country."

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The hidden pool.

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"I want to see more of 
that girl. We'll make
believe I'm hurt - and
they'll take us in."

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Happy in Peter's
Make-Believe Land.

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After a night of evil
  dreams Rydal's
smouldering desire
 leaps into flame.

25
Returning for the 
missing manuscript.

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With the inspiration of a 
devil Rydal sees in the
halfbreed's death an
opportunity to make
Dolores pay the price
of her father's freedom.

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"I arrest you in the 
name of His Majesty, 
the King."

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"Canadian law knows
no excuse for killing.
I must take your 
father to the post."

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Urged by his own danger,
and fearing the vengeance
of the uniform he is dese-
  crating, Rydal sees a
     better way out.

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A year later in the
city home of Dolores
and Peter.

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Yearning for the wild
things she loved, pray-
ing for a day when
the forests will claim
      her again.

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"And then - when we
come back, you will
keep your promise,
Peter - and we will re-
turn to my old home?"

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"Yes, and we'll find Cubby,
even if he's grown up.
And all the others. And
I'll never take you away
from them again, Dolores."

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And while Dolores longs
for her homeland - Wapi
awaits his appointed hour.

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Weeks later aboard the
Flying Moon. Round
the jagged coast of
Baffin Land into the
edge of the Arctic Sea.

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"All this time we have not 
seen the Captain. You
are sure his illness is
not serious?"

37
"He's much better, Ma'am.
He'll be out pretty soon."

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"A trader's crew is never
strong on looks. Don't
worry about them, dear."

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"The Captain wants 
to see you, Ma'am."

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"YOU!"

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"Yes - me! I didn't want
to show up until we
were too far to turn
back - you might not
be glad to see me ...."

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"You - you murderer!"

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"Forget that! I am not
bluffing now. I am the
law here. I am Captain
Rydal, the master of
this ship."

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"There isn't a man aboard
who wouldn't break your
husband's neck if I gave 
the word ...."

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"On board this ship
we shall surely be
good friends."

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Fearing for Peter's life if
he learns the truth -
facing the horror of her
own peril if she keeps 
     her secret.

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  Dolores determines not 
to tell Peter, but to fight
  out her own salvation.

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Rydal prepares
  his trap.

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"When I give the signal
- let the sail drop."

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The Flying Moon's desti-
nation - Blake's Trading
Post - Rydal's companion
in crime and lawlessness.

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"I am sorry, Miss, but there
is no other ship on the
coast - and the nearest
doctor is at Fort Confi-
dence two hundred miles
across the Barren Lands."

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Like a great-winged bird
the Flying Moon brings
to Wapi a strange and 
thrilling message from
the white man's world of
   his forefathers.

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"There's a husband.
But he won't count -
much longer."

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High revelry aboard
the Flying Moon - with
Eskimo "guests" sup-
plied by Blake.

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"You think we'll be going 
home soon, don't you?
Well - we're not! We're
going to stay here all 
winter. Understan'?
All winter!"

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Winter, sudden and terrible
descends upon the land,
and with the long Arctic
night drawing near Dolores
  makes up her mind to
    appeal to Blake.

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"Look out! That dog
is a devil ...."

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A new miracle of under-
standing roused by the 
touch of a woman's hand.

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"This is the season of great
storm on the Barrens. An
attempt to cross them now
would mean almost
certain death."

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"What are you doing 
ashore with Blake?
You're getting too 
intimate with him."

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On the trail of the white 
woman - the first friend
  Wapi the Killer has
      ever known.

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With the fall of the
long polar night
Dolores makes a last
appeal for Peter's
  life and her
   own honor.

63
"Rydal wants you - and
your husband is dying."

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"He will die, unless I get
him to a doctor. You
have dog teams. Won't 
you help me?"

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"Sixty degrees below zero
- and not a stick of fire-
wood between here and 
Fort Confidence. It's
impossible."

66
"I'll take a chance -
and help you."

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"I will send two teams,
one with the woman
and the other with
the husband ...."

68
"And I'll see that only
the woman is returned
- to you."

69
"Depend on me for
the result."

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Blake's trap ready 
  for its prey.

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"Why are there two
sledges, Mr. Blake?"

72
"One for you - one
for your husband."

73
"I heard you plotting with
Rydal last night. Unless
you play square I shall
kill you. Tell your man to
drive us to Fort Confidence!"

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"Quick - or I will shoot!"

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Rydal takes up
 the pursuit.

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Across the Barrens, with
shame and death running
 a close race behind.

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And between - the hour 
of his destiny at hand -
 runs Wapi the Killer.

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Sensing the swift-
approaching menace 
of the men and beasts 
     he hates.

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"If they come up with 
us - you die!"

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"Dolores - give me
the gun."

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Her last hope.

83
"Sic 'em, Wapi! Sic 'em!"

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Fighting at last the
greatest of all his 
fights - for a woman.

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Four days later at
 Fort Confidence.

86
"Our men are after 
Rydal. We'll surely 
get him this time."

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Rydal's last trail.

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"Wapi - dear old Wapi -
we're going home -
home - and you are
going with us ...."

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And then the 
old dream ...

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COME TRUE

The End.

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