An adventure in three parts.
stood up alert.
"So long, folks," he cried. Then he glanced round at the woman with a grin. "Guess I'm off to that land of plenty, Audie."
The jest on his lips became a heartless challenge under which the girl perceptibly winced. But even if her wit had served her to retort, she was given no chance. It was Leo who took him up with a quickness of understanding almost surprising; and though his manner was quite without heat there was a subtle, underlying bite in his reply.
"You've got to travel more miles than one to get there," he said. "So long."
Tug laughed without any enjoyment.
"I'd say this country's a hell of a piece--from anywhere," he retorted.
He turned at once and shouted at his dogs.
"Ho, you, Husky! Demon! You, too, Pinto! Mush, you devils! Mush on!"
The dogs responded on the instant. They strained at their harness, and promptly leaped into a swift run, bearing the laden sled away in a dense flurry of soft snow.
Leo and Audie looked aft