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CHAPTER I:
A JOURNEY OF SENTIMENT


CHAPTER II:
THE FATAL ERROR


CHAPTER III:
DUTY FIRST


CHAPTER IV:
A MAN'S GAME


CHAPTER V:
A PERMANENT MEMORIAL


CHAPTER VI:
WILL THE ICE TURN US BACK?


CHAPTER VII:
STORMY VOYAGE


CHAPTER VIII:
RETURN TO NORTHWEST RIVER


CHAPTER IX:
A CHIEF VOYAGEUR


CHAPTER X:
THE BEAVER IS A BAD RIVER


CHAPTER XI:
SOUNDING THE BIG LAKE


CHAPTER XII:
BREAD WITHOUT BAKING POWDER MAKES ME SICK


CHAPTER XIII:
I NEVER TRAVELS ON SUNDAY


CHAPTER XIV:
VIRGIN AS GOD MADE IT


CHAPTER XV:
FIRST PORTAGE


CHAPTER XVI:
TRAIL COMPANIONS


CHAPTER XVII:
MURDOCK'S RAPID


CHAPTER XVIII:
TRACKING THROUGH BOULDERS


CHAPTER XIX:
MARCH TO YOUR FRONT LIKE A SOLDIER


CHAPTER XX:
IT'S ALWAYS BAD LUCK TO TRAVEL ON SUNDAY


CHAPTER XXI:
WORST COUNTRY FOR GAME I EVER SAW


CHAPTER XXII:
BACK TO GET THE BAKING POWDER


CHAPTER XXIII:
DISASTER IN THE RAPIDS


CHAPTER XXIV:
TAKING STOCK


CHAPTER XXV:
GRAPPLING


CHAPTER XXVI:
INDIANS HAVE PLENTY OF HARD TIMES


CHAPTER XXVII:
THIS RIVER IS LIKE A BAD WOMAN


CHAPTER XXVIII:
NO RELIEF FROM WADING


CHAPTER XXIX:
HELL AND TWENTY


CHAPTER XXX:
BACKPACKING TO THE SUSAN


CHAPTER XXXI:
VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH


CHAPTER XXXII:
THE MIND WORKS CURIOUSLY


CHAPTER XXXIII:
RELIVING THE PARTING


CHAPTER XXXIV:
MARKING HUBBARD'S BOULDER


CHAPTER XXXV:
A NEW DISASTER


CHAPTER XXXVI:
THE HARDEST BIT OF TRAVELING I EVER DONE


CHAPTER XXXVII:
SOMETHING WORTHWHILE UP THERE IN THE HILLS


NOTES

PHOTO GALLERY

COLOUR SLIDE GALLERY

ADDENDUM TO
THIRD EDITION

COMMENTS ON THE
NAMING COMPULSION


COMMENTS ON THE NAMING COMPULSION



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Mina's Lion Heart Mountains, an appellation with no official status, remains the name that never was. Mount Kipling stands as the only officially recognized reminder of a non-erasable chapter of Labrador history.

Theorist Parsons, for reasons that may amount to nothing more than name-dropping, refers to a published essay on the Hubbard/Wallace 1903 expedition by Margaret Atwood, the ubiquitous Canadian poet, novelist, short story writer and feminist. Parsons singles out for mention Atwood's revelation that Hubbard's motive for his expedition was to make his name and reputation, as if such stated goals were somehow different from that of all explorers from the beginning of time.

The reader must turn to Atwood's censorious title of her little story within a story, The Labrador Fiasco, and examine her text, for a possible explanation of why Parsons would bother to bring up such a trifling work, however popular with Atwood devotees, in his paper. The answer may be on Page 8. Atwood introduces the fiction that Wallace and Hubbard are not only friends, but also cousins. The reader who thought they were only friends, and happens to know that Wallace was older than Hubbard, may well ask whether the author is trying to send the message that the poor judgement of the older, and therefore dominant, cousin (Wallace), may have contributed to the failure of the 1903 expedition.

Returning to the naming of Mount Kipling, the true sore spot with Jonathan Parsons, he is wrong when he says Mauro petitioned the Canadian government to attach the name to the peak in Wallace's Kipling Mountains. In truth, the choice of the imposing name, Mount Kipling, for the promontory of the Red Wine Mountains adjacent to Wallace's Disappointment Lake, was solely that of the Canadian Permanent Committee on Geographical Names. The committee had previously approved Disappointment and the other descriptive names by Wallace that add real substance to-day's maps of central Labrador, and have captured the imagination of wilderness adventurers, explorers, and legions of readers of The Lure of the Labrador Wild, for generations.

In telephone discussions in 1974 with the Secretary of the Geographical Names Committee in Ottawa, who had become aware of the efforts of Mauro and Wallace's son to fill in the blanks on the map between Disappointment Lake and Hubbard's last camp, the secretary confirmed to Mauro that the committee would not consider changing a long-established name such as Red Wine Mountains. However, the committee was well aware of the significance of the name applied to the range by Wallace before Red Wine Mountains entered common usage, and was anxious to add more names honouring the explorers, to new topographical maps of the area. Would Mauro and Wallace's son be satisfied with the naming of the hill overlooking Disappointment Lake for Kipling (the inspirational figure for Hubbard and countless others, whose immortal words, Their Name Liveth for Evermore, grace the central monument of Canadian and other Commonwealth war cemeteries around the world)? No need for Mauro to consult with his friend, Dillon Wallace III, about answering that question.

So much for Parsons' puzzlement regarding Ottawa's lack of sensitivity towards the aboriginal presence by naming a Labrador mountain for Kipling. In 1974, the recorded history of Labrador stood for something, and the guardians of geographical place names took their work seriously.

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