Nomads of the North

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God's great wilderness fifteen
hundred miles North and
West of Montreal.

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Post Fort O'God.

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Duncan McDougall - Hud-
son's Bay Company Factor

	... Melbourne MacDowell

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A tiger of the old regime, still
ruling his primitive domain
with a hand of iron and 
a heart of stone.

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Bucky McDougall, his son.

	... Francis McDonald

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A serpent polished with the
veneer of years spent in
Montreal, the deadliest and
most treacherous of all the 
McDougall race.

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"Stay here and watch the 
men, I'm going to the store."

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Nanette Roland

	... Betty Blythe

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Corporal Michael O'Connor
of the R.N.W.M. Police.

	... Lewis S. Stone

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"I've come fifty miles off the
trail for this meeting, you
know why, Nanette."

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"I'm sorry Corporal, but you
know I am to marry Raoul
when he comes back."

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Andre Roland, father of
Nanette, fighting heroically
his last great fight - against
death.

	... Spottiswood Aitken

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"It's nothing dear, just a
       slight cold."

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"Take the flowers to the 
   cemetery, my dear."

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Father Beauvais, a man of God
who has found his work in
the deep forests.

	... Charles A. Smily

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Her Sacred Ground.

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"Even the birds sing when
   you come, Nanette!"

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"They do not sing for me,
m'sieu. God sends them to
sing for my mother."

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"A frosted lung never gets 
well. I am dying. And I have
nothing to leave Nanette -"

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"Raoul Challoner must be dead,
so why should she not marry
the Factor's son? It would
ease your mind, friend Andre."

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"Even now we are living on 
the charity of McDougall. We
are two years in debt at the
Company store, and there is
no hope -"

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"I tell you it is impossible,
m'sieu. I am to be the wife 
of Raoul Challoner - when
he comes down from the
North!"

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"Raoul Challoner is a year
over-due, Nanette. He will
never come back -"

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"If he cared for you he would
have returned. He has for-
gotten you, and married
someone else, or is dead -"

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"He may be dead, m'sieu -
but if you say that he is false,
you lie!"

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"Love is impulsive, my dear.
  He did not mean wrong."

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"Dear Mother - bring him 
     back to me -"

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"What - that beggar's girl
refuse the son of Duncan
McDougall! I'll break them,
and turn them out without
a rag on their backs -"

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"- and you are more than 
two years in debt to the
Company, Andre Roland!
This charity can not go on.
It must stop -"

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"There is one way out, friend
Andre. My son wants to 
marry your daughter -"

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"I will marry your son when I
  know that Raoul is dead."

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That night Bucky McDougall 
entertains a stranger at Post
Fort O'God.

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Black Marat, a whiskey-runner
up from "civilization" with a
cargo of smuggled fire-water.

	... Gordon Mullen

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"The old man wouldn't stand
for whiskey among his Indians
Marat. We must work with
care."

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"You know Roland's girl,
       Nanette?"

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"And I want this girl, Marat!
I want her more than I ever
wanted Marie, down in
Montreal -"

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"Once she thinks this Raoul 
Challoner is dead, she is mine!
Understand? And you can 
put it over."

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"You are a stranger here. Go
to her. Tell her you are a
messenger from Challoner,
and was with him when he
died -"

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Three hundred miles further 
north, Raoul Challoner, the
"dead man," twelve months
over-due from the edge of the
Arctic Sea.

	... Lon Chaney

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Brimstone, the pup.

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Neewa, always hungry,
  never satisfied.

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Fatherless, motherless, two 
little nomads destined by a
whimsical fate to play their
parts in a drama of human
lives.

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"That's her, I tell you -
      That's her!"

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Sensing the presence of his
mother in the lifeless skin -
wondering why she does not 
speak to him, and move.

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"I'm sorry I had to kill her,
Boy - I'm sorry! But it was
that - or starve!"

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Late that afternoon Fate plays
      her trump card.

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In the days that follow, Neewa
and Brimstone face hunger
and adventure in the big
wilderness.

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"Mama! Mama!"

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Facing the monsters of
      the wild.

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"Don't you wish we were
  back with our boss?"

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The end of a perfect day.

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Baby dreams.

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Again on his journey toward
Fort O'God, saddened by the
loss of his little comrades of 
the wild.

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And then - just as the sun
was going down that day -

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While in the little
 mission church -

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"Andre Roland dead! Nanette
- she up at mission church."

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"NANETTE!"

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"He lied to me Raoul! He
told me that he saw you
dying!"

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The unhappiness of morning
turned into the joy of after-
noon.

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"You've killed him!"

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"It is my duty as Factor of
Fort O'God to hold you until
the coming of the Police."

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The Fort O'God dungeon -
a relic of the old days when
Factors were kings.

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The black hours of
  stormy night.

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"Neewa - Brimstone - we'll
fight for him - we'll fight!"

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An hour later - starting on
their flight into the unknown
regions of the still farther
north.

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"You will start north at
once, and bring Challoner
in."

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"That is all Corporal O'Connor
- You will leave at once."

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For three years the Royal
Northwest Mounted Police 
seek in vain for Raoul Chal-
loner, the "Murderer" of Black
Marat.

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While in the far forest of the
Yellowknife hidden from the
eyes of men -

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Happy in their paradise, for-
getful of the menace which is
ever clouding their lives -

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"I discovered it this 
      morning!"

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- While close at hand,
  coming their way -

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"Not an Indian in a hundred
miles! No use bringing
whiskey up here. Tomorrow
we turn back."

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The next morning Raoul
leaves for a friendly Indian
camp twenty miles away.

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"Take care of them while
    I'm gone, boys!"

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"Go to camp - pack up -
and be ready to start south
when I come!"

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"There will be three of
    us going back!"

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"So - at last - I have 
     found you!"

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"He cheated me. By right
  you are my wife - !"

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"And you're going to run away
- and go back with me -
or I will give him to the 
hangman!"

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"If you won't go with me
quietly I'll make you go!
Understand? I'll tie you hand 
and foot -"

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"Brimstone - Neewa -
       Neewa -"

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"Brimstone - help - help!!"

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"Neewa - Neewa -"

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"You must not kill!"

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"I'll kill him!"

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Vengeance and the law draw 
near, twenty miles from the
cabin of Raoul and Nanette.

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"We're saving a day's journey 
  by hitting cross-country."

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"Seems to me, McDougall, that
you're thinking more of the
woman than of the man -
who killed Marat!"

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"You'll have to stay here while
I go on for my man, I'll
return - soon."

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"I said you were to stay here."

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The end of O'Connor's trail.

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"Challoner - I'm sorry - but
it is my duty as an officer of 
the law!"

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"I'm sorry - but it is the law!"

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"It is - the law!"

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Twenty hours later. The law
and its prey - in the heart
of a burning world.

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"Our one chance is in that 
       direction -"

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"It's going to be a man's fight
- and you'll need your hands."

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Knowing that the power of
death lies under her hands,
yet hesitating to give the com-
mand to kill.

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Death - everywhere the red
death of the forest flames.

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"There's a small lake some-
where out there. It's our one
chance."

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In the cabin where Bucky
   McDougall waits.

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Another beast -
   WAITING!

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"Leave me - and go on, Chal-
  loner! Save - the baby!"

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The death call of 
    the wild.

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That night at the edge of the 
lake - with a dead and
charred world about them.

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And then the day - and the
few miles to the cabin where
Bucky McDougall "waits."

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"The last of Bucky 
   McDougall -"

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"Challoner, from this day on
you are officially dead! Under-
stand? I shall report to head-
quarters that it was YOU
who died in that cabin -"

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"And some day - if you ever
have a boy - call him Mike,
after me!"

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"And if you'll have that boy
- I'll sure come back and 
see you some day!"

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Where the forest did
     not burn.

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"It's our home, baby -
     our HOME!"

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