The Lure of the Labrador Wild: The Story of the Exploring Expedition Conducted by Leonidas Hubbard, Jr.

by Dillon Wallace

Hardcover, 1913




New York: Fleming H. Revell, 1913 .Eleventh Edition. Illustrations, map


The story of Leonidas Hubbard's ill-fated expedition to canoe up the Naskaupi River in Labrador, Canada, written by his companion on the journey Dillon Wallace.

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LibraryThing member lit_chick
In July, 1903 Leonidas Hubbard, Michigan journalist, and Dillon Wallace, NY lawyer, set out with their Indian guide, George Elson on an exploratory trip through northern Labrador. The plan was to follow the Naskapi River to Lake Michikamau, a region as yet unexplored by Europeans. It was Hubbard’s intent that the articles he would write of the adventure would secure his journalistic reputation. Alas, the trip was ill-fated from the start. Lacking an accurate map, the group mistook the Susan River for the Naskapi, resulting in an epic trip into the heart of Labrador until they at last admitted defeat and determined to head for home. It was too late, however, for Hubbard, who died of starvation in the wild.

“Beyond the circle of our bright-blazing fire the darkness was profound. As the wind in great blasts swept over the tops of the trees, its voice was raised to piercing shrieks that gradually died away into low moans. We thought of the vast wilderness lying all about us under the pall of a moonless and starless night. Where had all the people in the world gone to, anyway?” (Ch 11)

I enjoyed The Lure of the Labrador Wild. It’s well written, and while I’m afraid I have to agree with Hubbard’s critics that the expedition seemed pure folly, one would be hard pressed to find a more honest depiction of the rugged and beautiful but fatally unforgiving country that is Canada’s North.
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LibraryThing member ChelleBearss
In 1903 Leonidas Hubbard and Dillon Wallace set out with their Indian guide, George Elson to explore an area of Labrador that had not been fully explored by Europeans yet. In their attempt to explore Lake Michikamau they took a wrong route and instead of following the Naskapi River they instead followed the Susan River, which sent them into the heart of Labrador and on a path that they were not prepared for. With the cold winter winds coming in and the last scraps of food gone the three men found their adventure quickly turning into a fight for their lives.
This was a completely engrossing read that left me wondering how anyone could have survived this experience. The strength and courage that Dillon writes of is inspiring. Being forced to carry hundred pound loads of gear and a canoe on little to no food and wading through snow with only moccasins on their feet yet hardly complaining and bolstering each others spirits with talk of home and bible stories is truly amazing.
I read this as an ebook and while it is a great story I would have loved to be able to see the maps and photos that went along with this story. I will be keeping an eye out for a used copy of this book with the photos and maps included as it would truly add to the story.
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