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A third episode concerning Buck

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A third episode concerning Buck's extraordinary character occurs sometime later, and it is such a  feat that Buck's fame spreads throughout all Alaska. It begins in a saloon, where some men are  boasting of the exploits of their dogs. Thornton is intrigued and is driven to maintain that Buck can  pull a sled with a thousand pounds on it. Furthermore, he says, Buck can break the sled loose —  even if it is frozen fast — and, furthermore, that he can pull it a hundred yards. A man named  Matthewson bets Thornton that Buck cannot do such an incredible feat; in fact, he is willing to bet a  thousand dollars that Buck cannot do it. Thornton, at this point, momentarily becomes unsure  whether or not Buck can actually perform such an enormous and appalling task, and he is confused  as to what to do, since neither he, nor Hans, nor Pete has a thousand dollars. At that moment, 
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