Death On Ice by Lawrence Millman

By Lawrence Millman

With canine, sleds, and unflinching unravel, Canadian Mounties undertook now not one, yet perilous missions to resolve 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 project into the arctic and what grew to become the main laborious manhunt within the historical past of the fastened Police, maybe within the background of any police strength.

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For two years, the Mounties battled the unfriendly Arctic in an effort to reach Bathurst Inlet. Their oil stove wouldn’t work; their kerosene lanterns broke; their tent caught fire; incessant storms battered them; and their hungry dogs devoured 14 sets of harness. It was no consolation that the local Eskimos were in even worse shape, having lost almost all of their dogs to starvation. ” Beyts’ difficulties left him exhausted, and in the summer of 1916 his superiors in Ottawa relieved him of his command.

Then, on June 11, 1913, Akulak appeared at the Hudson Bay Company trading post in Chesterfield Inlet. H. Hall, the post’s manager, slowly made its way southward, until most of Canada knew that Harry Radford and George Street had been murdered by the Bathurst Inlet Eskimos. Within several months, Canada’s privy council authorized an expenditure not to exceed $70,656 for a special police patrol to investigate Akulak’s story. This was a huge sum of money, especially for murders, which, according to Akulak, had been provoked.

There were only women in the camp when the patrol arrived. They fled immediately to their igloos, which isn’t surprising. French and Caulkin may have been the first qallunaat (white men) they’d ever seen. At most, they would have seen only three others – the English adventurer David Hanbury, Radford, and Street. And their experience of the latter two would not have been a pleasant one. The women reappeared when members of their patrol raised their hands high about their heads, the traditional friendly greeting among Eskimos.

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