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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

Exploring Labrador

I wish you would have included a map of your travels so we could better follow your path,otherwise an excellent book.

A rare opportunity to observe and perceive how to exist under

Conditions of hardship almost beyond belief, and just in case, also how to face death. The lesson; keep on keeping on!

First book I’ve read in months, I absolutely devoured It.
What a harrowing tale, I loved the story

An account of reaching beyond one’s grasp. Idiotic decision-making from the get-go.

Quite an incredible story really. Told by a total racist who saw land as something to be conquered. Caution for brutal language including referring to Indigenous people as "breeds" and "half-breeds", referring to women as "a good wife who keeps the house clean", and referring to the beauty of Labrad

An "explorer" memoir from the early 20th (pre WWI) century. Two guys with Teddy Roosevelt enthusiasm decide to tackle NE Canada/subarctic Canada with little more than a romantic age love of camping and a fascination with the blankness of the Labrador map. Bad things happen. They tell you from chapte

Incredible journey by these young men.

My brother turned me on to this book. His son, who lives in Sept Iles, Quebec, says that most families up there have two books in their house at least—the Bible, and The Lure of the Labrador Wild.

Just when I thought I've read all the books on suffering and misery in exploration, I discover another

This is a powerful story of 3 men's adventure through hell and back. Months of living off a few hundred calories a day and a march through unforgiving terrain. Told directly by one of those unfortunate members of the expedition, through day by day accounts of the struggles endured.

I read this book

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 slowl

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