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By Lawrence Millman

With canines, sleds, and unflinching get to the bottom of, Canadian Mounties undertook now not one, yet perilous missions to unravel a double homicide within the Arctic. the following, from award-winning author Lawrence Millman, is the tale of explorers Harry Radford and George Street's deadly 1911 undertaking into the arctic and what turned the main hard manhunt within the background of the fastened Police, possibly within the background of any police strength.

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The misfortune that had dogged Beyts soon began to dog the new patrol. First, a pack of wolves attacked their camp. Then they were stormbound for a week. Later the dazzle of the sun made the entire party snowblind. But French and Caulkin were blind in another sense, too – their maps were inaccurate, and on April 10 the only one of their Eskimos familiar with the route decided to go home. They were now traveling without a guide through virtually unknown country. Their compass was no help; mineral deposits caused its needle to gyrate uselessly.

But in asking around, I did meet one man who volunteered to show me where the murders had been committed. So it was on that bright, typically mosquito-plagued day, we traveled to the gaunt, pyramidal strip of North Quadyuk Island in his motorboat. After we landed on the island, we wandered along the shore for a few minutes, and then the man suddenly pointed to the ground. ” he exclaimed. ” But how did he know this was the precise place? “Because this plant grows wherever blood has been spilled,” he told me.

Crean’s surveying party. He was a fine hand with an axe, a first-rate driver of dogs, and a superb canoeist. On portages, he could carry 200 pounds, the normal trump-line load for a seasoned packer. But the 22-year-old Ottawan was burning to make a great trip. A great trip far to the north of Smith’s Landing, Alberta, where the Crean expedition was based. And how here was Radford offering him just the opportunity he was looking for. He would join the American in one of the most ambitious Arctic expeditions ever planned; they would paddle all the way from Fort Smith to Chesterfield Inlet on the Hudson Bay, sledge north to Bathurst Inlet, cross the Arctic Ocean to Fort MacPherson on the Mackenzie Delta, and end up in the Yukon.

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