14 Arctic Adventure - Willard Price.txt - Arctic Adventure By Willard Price Chapter 1 Polar Bear Roger sat down on a snowbank At least he thought it was

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Arctic Adventure By Willard Price Chapter 1 Polar Bear Roger sat down on a snowbank. At least he thought it was a snowbank. He was tired. He had been helping his big brother, Hal, build an igloo. An igloo was a house made of blocks of snow. This one was about twelve feet in diameter and rounded off on the top. It was nine feet high. That was high enough even for Hal, who was six feet tall. Roger shivered. ‘It’s as cold as Greenland,’ he called. He had often heard people say that, even in New York. Why didn’t they say ‘cold as Alaska’ or ‘cold as Siberia’? He asked Hal about it. ‘Because Greenland is about the coldest spot on earth,’ Hal said. ‘It’s the closest to the North Pole. Besides it wears a cap of ice two miles thick. That’s why you’re shivering right now. Because you’re in Greenland.’ ‘Why did Dad send us here when there are so many nice warm places to go to?’ ‘Because a famous animal collector like Dad has to get the animals that zoos want to buy. And zoos have been asking for the wonderful animals that live up here — the polar bear, walrus, big bearded seal, sea lion, musk-ox, narwhal, wild reindeer, -caribou, humpback whale, sea otter, Greenland shark …’ ‘Hey, what’s going on?’ Roger yelled. ‘Is it an earthquake?’ The snow beneath him was shaking violently. It had come alive. There was a deep growl. Then the head of a polar bear came up. The beast was angry because his sleep had been disturbed. With a mighty heave the great body rose, tossing Roger ten feet away head first into a drift. He pulled himself loose and began to run. The great bear came lumbering after him. The boy staggered in the deep snow. He had once been chased by a grizzly in Canada. But this creature was big enough and strong enough to eat a grizzly. Roger made for home as fast as his legs could carry him. Home was the igloo. Hal could have killed the animal if he had had a rifle. But he and his brother were ‘bring ‘em back alive’ men. A dead bear would be of no use to a zoo. Roger plunged into the igloo. The great white bear followed him. Boy and bear were alone hi the snow house. The unwelcome guest rose on his hind feet to attack this impudent human. That was the bear’s mistake. Standing up he was ten feet tall. Since the roof was only nine feet high, the enormous head crashed through the roof. What a strange sight — an igloo topped by the head of a polar bear. But Hal and Roger had built well. Not well enough to prevent the monster from going through the roof, but well enough to catch the bear between the icy blocks so he could not get down to pull that rascal, Roger, to pieces. Hal saw his opportunity. He ran into the igloo, snatched up a piece of rope, and tied the animal’s hind feet together. The rope was strong with a wire running through it. The bear roared furiously and danced a fandango to loosen the rope,
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