two were barely bribed, and thereupon used
their influence the right way, and the duti-
ful son and loving husband accordingly
became an attache of the expedition. He
proved very useful to the explor-
ers, and covered himself with a great
amount of borrowed glory from his patrons,
the wonderful white men whose power he
never tired to explaining to the many tribes
of his people who make their home upon the
banks of the White Partridge river.
OF AN UNKNOWN STREAM.
From White Partridge River to Yath
Keyed Lake was the next step, or rather
more than step, being stride for a seven-
league boot, or a distance of about twenty-
miles. This was a portage over swampy
ground, and although the services of seven
Esquimaux were secured, five days were
consumed in getting afloat once more.
Chesterfield Inlet is the nearest egress to
Hudson Bay from Yath Keyed Lake that
you will find on the map. There is another
stream, but it is only a little one- a Don or
Humber among the Niles and Mississippia
of the North-west- about 200 miles long.
Down the windings of this great stretch
of stream they floated to the bay which bears
the name of the explorer of Hudson River.
It must have been a rather gloomy trip, for
Mr. Tyrrell says they did not see the sun
during the entire journey. Nothing of any
very remarkable note occurred during the
trip from Yath Keyed Lake to the bay. The
passage down the unknown, or rather un-
named river is hundreds of miles nearer than
it would be to journey around by Chester-
ON THE BLUE BRINY.
From the north of this river the party
skirted along the shores of the great inland
sea down to Fort Churchill at the mouth of
the Churchill River. The only polar bear
with which they came in contact during the
entire wandering in the wilderness they
ran against on their way along the
coast of the Bay. They found him
taking a leisurely swim, and shot him in the
water. It was rather a small specimen,
weighing only a matter of eight hundred
Mr. Tyrrell said that they had splendid
shooting in some of the districts they visited,
but experienced no exciting adventures in
any of their encounters with big game. All
they had to do was shoot, said he; there
was no trouble about it.
At Fort Churchill they arrived on the
first of October. Cold weather was beginning
and ice was forming along the edges of the
rivers which, of course, made travelling by
canoe rather risky as well as decidedly un-
pleasant. In this predicament they decided
to tarry at the fort until such time as frost
and snow should render travelling on snow-
shoes somewhat feasible.
SNOWSHOED SEVEN HUNDRED MILES.
The setting in of winter was very slow.
The rivers persistently refused to freeze suf
ficiently to furnish highways for the would-
be travellers and the snow, was very dilatory
indeed in providing a sledgeway over the
rough ground. Finally, on the 29th of No-
vember they made a start for home.
It is easy to tell the story of it, but under-
taking to walk between seven and eight
hundred miles at the beginning of an active
winter through a comparatively trackless
region, is not by any means a joke. The
first stage of the journey was the eighteen
day trip directly overland from Fort
Churchill to Split Lake Post on the Nelson
River. The usual route is around by York
Factory, but Mr. Tyrrell had been over that
route the year before and wanted to
cover as much unexplored territory as pos-
sible, so the party made their own trail and
took a bee line as nearly as they could. From
Split Lake an eight day walk to Norway
House brought them into what to them was
quite a civilized portion of the Dominion.
They thence proceeded to Dog's Head and
from there to Winnipeg. During their snow
show tramp they transported their impedi-
ments by means of dog sleds.
The most serious occurence of the whole
journey from Winnipeg back to Winnipeg
was the upsetting of their rig just as they
were entering the city on their return, when
Messrs. Tyrrell and Ferguson narrowly
They carried cameras with them, and
although the negatives are as yet undevelop-
ed, they expect soon to be in possession of a
collection of pictures altogether unique.