But how in the name of the great Sardanapalus he knows youre goin is what gets me, the dog-musher continued innocently.
Its beyond me, Matt, Scott answered, with a mournful shake of the head.
Then came the day when, through the open cabin door, White Fang saw the fatal grip on the floor and the love-master packing things into it. Also, there were comings and goings, and the erstwhile placid atmosphere of the cabin was vexed with strange perturbations and unrest. Here was indubitable evidence. White Fang had already sensed it. He now reasoned it. His god was preparing for another flight. And since he had not taken him with him before, so, now, he could look to be left behind.
That night he lifted the long wolf-howl. As he had howled, in his puppy days, when he fled back from the Wild to the village to find it vanished and naught but a rubbish heap to mark the site of Gray Beavers tepee, so now he pointed his muzzle to the cold stars and told to them his woe.
Inside the cabin the two men had just gone to bed.
Hes gone off his food again, Matt remarked from his bunk.
There was a grunt from Weedon Scotts bunk, and a stir of blankets.
From the way he cut up the other time you went away, I wouldnt wonder this time but what he died.
The blankets in the other bunks stirred irritably.
Oh, shut up! Scott cried out through the darkness. You nag worse than a woman.
Im agreein with you, the dog-musher answered, and Weedon Scott was not quite sure whether or not the other had snickered.
The next day White Fangs anxiety and restlessness were even more pronounced. He dogged his masters heels whenever he left the cabin, and haunted the front stoop when he remained inside. Through the open door he could catch glimpses of the luggage on the floor. The grip had been joined by two large canvas bags and a box. Matt was rolling the masters blankets and fur robe inside a small tarpaulin. White Fang whined as he watched the operation.
Later on, two Indians arrived. He watched them closely as they shouldered the luggage and were led off down the hill by Matt, who carried the bedding and the grip. But White Fang did not follow them. The master was still in the cabin. After a time, Matt returned. The master came to the door and called White Fang inside.
You poor devil, he said gently, rubbing White Fangs ears and tapping his spine. Im hitting the long trail, old man, where you cannot follow. Now give me a growlthe last, good, good-by growl.
But White Fang refused to growl. Instead, and after a wistful, searching look, he snuggled in, burrowing his head out of sight between the masters arm and body.
There she blows! Matt cried. From the Yukon arose the hoarse bellowing of a river steamboat. Youve got to cut it short. Be sure and lock the front door. Ill go out the back. Get a move on!
The two doors slammed at the same moment, and Weedon Scott waited for Matt to come around to the front. From inside the door came a low whining and sobbing. Then there were long, deep-drawn sniffs.
You must take good care of him, Matt, Scott said, as they started down the hill. Write and let me know how he gets along.
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