A considerable number of hunting parties were out that year without finding so much as a fresh trail for the moose were uncommonly shy, and the various Nimrods returned to the bosoms of their respective families with the best excuses the facts of their imaginations could suggest Dr Cathcart, among others, came back without a trophy but he brought instead the memory of an experience which he declares was worth all the bull moose that had ever been shot But then Cathcart, of Aberdeen, was interested in other things besides moose amongst them the vagaries of the human mind This particular story, however, found no mention in his book on Collective Hallucination for the simple reason so he confided once to a fellow colleague that he himself played too intimate a part in it to form a competent judgment of the affair as a whole Besides himself and his guide, Hank Davis, there was young Simpson, his nephew, a divinity student destined for the Wee Kirk then on his first visit to Canadian backwoods , and the latter s guide, D fago Joseph D fago was a French Canuck, who had strayed from his native Province of Quebec years before, and had got caught in Rat Portage when the Canadian Pacific Railway was a building a man who, in addition to his unparalleled knowledge of wood craft and bush lore, could also sing the old _voyageur_ songs and tell a capital hunting yarn into the bargain He was deeply susceptible, over, to that singular spell which the wilderness lays upon certain lonely natures, and he loved the wild solitudes with a kind of romantic passion that amounted almost to an obsession The life of the backwoods fascinated him whence, doubtless, his surpassing efficiency in dealing with their mysteries On this particular expedition he was Hank s choice Hank knew him and swore by him He also swore at him, jest as a pal might, and since he had a vocabulary of picturesque, if utterly meaningless, oaths, the conversation between the two stalwart and hardy woodsmen was often of a rather lively description This river of expletives, however, Hank agreed to dam a little out of respect for his old hunting boss, Dr Cathcart, whom of course he addressed after the fashion of the country as Doc, and also because he understood that young Simpson was already a bit of a parson He had, however, one objection to D fago, and one only which was, that the French Canadian sometimes exhibited what Hank described as the output of a cursed and dismal mind, meaning apparently that he sometimes was true to type, Latin type, and suffered fits of a kind of silent moroseness when nothing could induce him to utter speech D fago, that is to say, was imaginative and melancholy And, as a rule, it was too long a spell of civilization that induced the attacks, for a few days of the wilderness invariably cured them....
|Title||:||The Wendigo: includes new illustrations and updated biography|
|Publisher||:||Independently published November 9, 2017|
|Number of Pages||:||41 pages|
|File Size||:||760 KB|
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