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The Lure of the Labrador Wild

Dillon Wallace

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The Lure Of The Labrador Wild is a account of a expedition by Leonidas Hubbard, an adventurer and journalist to canoe the system Naskaupi River - Lake Michikamau in Labrador and George River in Quebec. His companions on this journey were his friend, New York lawyer Dillon Wallace and an Indian guide from Missannabie, George Elson. From the start, the expedition was beset with mistakes and problems. Instead of ascending the Naskaupi River, by mistake they followed the shallow Susan Brook. After hard long portaging and almost reaching Lake Michikamau, with food supplies running out, on September 15 at Windbound lake, they decided to turn back. On October 18, Wallace and Elson went in a search of cached store of flour, leaving Hubbard behind in a tent. Hubbard died of exhaustion and starvation on either same or next day. Wallace got lost in the snowstorm, while Elson, after a week of bushwhacking, building raft to cross swollen rivers (with no ax), reached the nearest occupied cabin. A search party found Wallace alive on October 30, 1903.( Summary from Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .re darkly silhouetted against the sky, radiant with its myriads of stars. The roar of the river could be heard dying away into a mere murmur among the hills below.

"Boys," said Hubbard, after we had made a good supper of a mess of trout I had caught at midday, "this pays for all the hard work."

Undoubtedly Hubbard was in fine fettle that evening, and as we lay before the fire with that delicious feeling of languor which comes from conscientious toil, he entertained George and me with quotations from his favourite author, Kipling, while we puffed comfortably upon our pipes. One verse he dwelt upon, as it seemed particularly appropriate to our position. It was:

When first under fire, if you're wishful to duck,
Don't look or take heed of the man that is struck;
Be thankful you're living and trust to your luck,
And march to your front like a soldier."




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Community Reviews

High hopes & poor planning. Good so far.

What a harrowing take of hardship, courage, & camaraderie!

This is an engrossing diary of an expedition into the interior of Labrador at the turn of the last century. Two Victorian gentlemen who bit off far more than they could chew. While the language is a bit stilted (Victorian ?) the account of their slow starvation as summer turns to winter and the p...more

This is the classic tale of the Hubbard/Wallace/Elson expedition to find Lake Michikamau. Leonidas Hubbard, the leader of the expedition, had an amazingly romantic notion of exploration, and never really came to grips with the realities. He took a turn up the wrong river, and carried on, ultimate...more

Very interesting true adventure -- It's written by one of the adventurers and is full of tragedy, excitement and all the things that make such books good reads. The writing is lacking here and there, but you have to consider when it was written and the fact that the author was new to writing. If...more

Great book! Fascinating tale and very moving. Easy to read considering it was written in 1905 by someone who wasn't a writer. I've been reading archived issues of Outing magazine for additional related stories. Good stuff.

Another totally enthralling account of exploring some place where no one with any sense would want to go - a litany of bad decisions from start to finish, beginning with the decision to go in the first place.

Found a 1905 edition in a used bookstore. A tale of hubris, friendship and getting lost in the wilderness with dire consequences.

Outstanding account of a summer hiking adventure gone wrong that becomes a survival ordeal. Extremely engrossing and well-written, a simply extraordinary account of exploring a very unexplorable part of the world.

This was a very well-written and engrossing account of determination and the will to survive in the northern Canadian wilderness. Written in 1905, the adventure is an enjoyable and lighthearted to read in the beginning, and turns gripping right around the middle of the chronicle as the weather sl...more

I read this book in high school, more than 15 years ago. Last year, I decided to take it out as an audio book, and actually, I took it to the cabin during a weekend I spend there with my husband. During the cold evenings when we stayed inside, we laid back on the sofa in front of the fire and lis...more

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