storm can blow for ten days without a break, and all that while it is certain death to be abroad.
The snow had followed the birds from the polar
basin as a white pillar of a cloud, and individual flakes could not be seen.
Indoors, and out-of-doors, the awful silence of the Polar
desert reigns, for the moment, undisturbed.
The father of Keesh had been a very brave man, but he had met his death in a time of famine, when he sought to save the lives of his people by taking the life of a great polar bear.
The killing of a polar bear is very dangerous, but thrice dangerous is it, and three times thrice, to kill a mother bear with her cubs.
And this is the story of Keesh, who lived long ago on the rim of the polar sea.
In illustrating what, as I believe, actually took place during the Glacial period, I assumed that at its commencement the arctic productions were as uniform round the polar regions as they are at the present day.
During the slowly decreasing warmth of the Pliocene period, as soon as the species in common, which inhabited the New and Old Worlds, migrated south of the Polar Circle, they must have been completely cut off from each other.
As on the land, so in the waters of the sea, a slow southern migration of a marine fauna, which during the Pliocene or even a somewhat earlier period, was nearly uniform along the continuous shores of the Polar Circle, will account, on the theory of modification, for many closely allied forms now living in areas completely sundered.
Watson has recently remarked, 'In receding from polar towards equatorial latitudes, the Alpine or mountain floras really become less and less arctic.
The fragments which had fallen from the glacier into the water were floating away, and the channel with its icebergs presented, for the space of a mile, a miniature likeness of the Polar
Mirth never reigned there; there was never even a little bear-ball, with the storm for music, while the polar
bears went on their hindlegs and showed off their steps.