1. CHAPTER I - THE TRAIL OF THE MEAT
"You're right, Bill," he concluded. "Fatty's gone."
"An' he went like greased lightnin' once he got started. Couldn't
've seen 'm for smoke."
"No chance at all," Henry concluded. "They jes' swallowed 'm
alive. I bet he was yelpin' as he went down their throats, damn
"He always was a fool dog," said Bill.
"But no fool dog ought to be fool enough to go off an' commit
suicide that way." He looked over the remainder of the team with a
speculative eye that summed up instantly the salient traits of each
animal. "I bet none of the others would do it."
"Couldn't drive 'em away from the fire with a club," Bill agreed.
"I always did think there was somethin' wrong with Fatty anyway."
And this was the epitaph of a dead dog on the Northland trail -
less scant than the epitaph of many another dog, of many a man.