a siren of the snows

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: Ill THE EYES AND TEETH OF SIN PETAIK UPON hearing the commotion outside the Little Babos cabin, Jensen turned toward the door and threw it open. Outside the storm now raged furiously; a wall of blinding snow and sleet whirled about the cabin. He could barely distinguish a horde of fighting dogs and a human figure passing among them, wielding a whip with no merciful hand. Finally the snarls turned to cringing whimpers, and Jensen saw a man accompanied by a single animal come running toward the shaft of firelight shining from the door. Jensen held open the door, and man and dog came rushing in. He was a little man, thin almost to emaciation, brown skinned, with pointed, intensely black beard, and a face marked with deep scars that gave him an appearance of vicious ugliness, ugliness that was almost uncannily canine as the long black strings of hair fell about his face, and his thin lips were drawn away from a row of yellow teeth ina satyr-like grin. He darted toward the roaring fire. " Wall 1 wall! Thees ees one dam bliz', eh, my friend," he declared, as he threw back his fur cap rimmed with a row of icicles that cracked away and fell tinkling to the hearth. " One dam bliz'! " He, too, appeared to repeat and emphasize the expletive oddly, as if he desired that there be no misunderstanding regarding how he characterized the storm. " But eet ees tak' more dan dees bliz' to catch Sin Petair, eh, my Baby ?" And he reached over to stroke the head of the dog, half wolf, half collie, that crouched beside him, evidently enjoying the comforting warmth of the fire quite as much as did the master. The dog looked up with affectionate topaz eyes, pounded her great tail upon the floor a few times, and then went back to the business of gnawing away the balls of ice that adhered to t...
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