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Author Name:    GILLIS, Elsie McCall MYLES, Eugenie

Title:   North Pole Boarding House. First Edition in dustjacket

Publisher:    Ryerson Press, Toronto, 1951, 

Seller ID:   16613

GILLIS, Elsie McCall. North Pole Boarding House. As Told by Elsie McCall Gillis To Eugenie Myles. Toronto : The Ryerson Press, (September 1951). FirstPrinting. Pp (4),v-viii,1-206,(2) + frontispiece + 4 leaves of b&w plates. 8vo, blue cloth, white lettering to spine. "When Mrs. Gillis accompanied h er husband on the Nascopie to Arctic Bay, the separation from the life she had known was as complete as if she had gone to the moon - except that there was the radio, a magic bridge between worlds. Mrs Gillis' husband was an officer at the meteorological station at Arctic Bay, gathering data about the weather upon which "civilization" depended. Mrs. Gillis kept house and boarded the staff, and thus the title of this book. The original title of the MS. was " I Kept a Boarding House Between The North Poles," and that is strictly more accurate, but too long for a book. Arctic bay is situated between the True North Pole and the Magnetic North Pole. Here Mrs. Myles has set down the story Mrs. Gillis told her, checking her facts, amplifying here and there as occasion demanded, and organizing it all into book form. It isan exciting story, how this little household lived; how the community fart hest north worked and played and survived; the visitors that came from out beyond, the Priest and the Canon; traders to the Hudson's Bay Post; the crew from a visiting U.S.A. war ship: and of course the exciting­ passenger list of the Nascopie. Here are tragedy and comedy, great heroism and something else, a little frozen world within a world, that is chang­ing with the years. And here are people among the great of the land, as yet unsung, who belong to the record of Canada's expanding frontier, her last frontier." (from the dj). Contents : 1. Destination Arctic Bay., 2. The Nascopie. 3. Ship-Time at Chesterfield. 4. New Posts, New Faces. 5. Shipoard Life. 6. Pond's Inlet. 7. Wonder If! 8. On to Arctic Bay. 9. First Look. 10. Settling In. 11/ Food, All Kinds. 12. Operation Weather. 13. Eskimo Help. 14. Arctic Emergencies. 15. On the Trap Line. 16. Letters. 17. Christmas Season. 18. January Slowdown, March Pickup. 19. White Visitors. 20. Spring Migration. 21. Ship-Time Groundwork. 22. Surprise Arrivals. 23. Going Out. 24. Arctic Bay Calling Dundas Harbour. Prologue. Very good in nicked, lightly spine-sunned dustjacket. 35.00

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