#02949
Lure Of The Labrador Wild
(Labrador Black Spruce) video
#1508: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~

It was in the Spring of 1903,
Hubbard and Wallace and Elson, a Cree,
Left New York to travel to old St John's,
Then onward to Labrador.

Aboard the steamer, Virginia Lake,
An unpleasant voyage they had to make;
At Indian Harbour they bid her farewell,
Set foot on our Labrador soil.

The lure of the Labrador wild,
Grew in Hubbard since he was a child;
The pull of the Northland led him to his grave,
And in dying his memory lives on.

It was North West River their plan was to make,
Their journey would take them across Old Grand Lake;
To the Naskaupi River this threesome was bound,
But fate was not on their side.

At the Susan River they made a wrong turn,
As they struggled on, the lesson not learned,
For many the natives who died on this trail,
The trail to Lake Michikamau.

The lure of the Labrador wild,
Grew in Hubbard since he was a child;
The pull of the Northland led him to his grave,
And in dying his memory lives on.

Three months later their food was all gone,
Disheartened and starving, they headed for home;
With the hunger and cold, no game to be found,
Leon Hubbard said goodbye to the world.

Eight months later his body reached home,
To the Labrador wilds he never would roam;
His courage and love of this land it was true,
The lure of this Labrador wild.

The lure of the Labrador wild,
Grew in Hubbard since he was a child;
The pull of the Northland led him to his grave,
And in dying his memory lives on.
And in dying his memory lives on.

####.... Nick Kennedy and Ric Burt of Labrador City, NL ....####
Recorded by Labrador Black Spruce [1989-1999] (Ashuanipi Wish, trk#2, 1995, Black Spruce Music, Labrador City, Labrador, produced by Nando Speranza).

See more songs by Labrador Black Spruce.

From Wikipedia:
Leonidas Hubbard [1872-1903] - journalist and adventurer, born in Michigan, studied at the University of Michigan (1893-97) and chose journalism as a career. He became an assistant editor of Outing magazine and in 1903 led an expedition to canoe the system Naskaupi River - Lake Michikamau in Labrador and George River in Quebec. His companions on this journey were his friend, attorney Dillon Wallace [1863-1939] of Craigsville and Beacon, New York, and George Elson [1876-1944] a Scots-Cree native guide working for the Hudson Bay Company in Missanabie and James Bay, in Northern Ontario.

From the start (departing North West River on July 15) the expedition was beset with mistakes and problems. Instead of ascending the Naskaupi River, they followed the shallow Susan Brook by mistake. After hard long portaging and almost reaching Lake Michikamau, and with food supplies running out, they decided to turn back at Windbound Lake on September 15. On October 18, Wallace and Elson went in search of a cached store of flour, leaving Hubbard behind in a tent. Hubbard died of exhaustion and starvation on either the same or the next day. Wallace got lost in the snowstorm, while Elson, after a week of bushwhacking, building a raft to cross swollen rivers (with no ax), reached the nearest occupied cabin. A search party found Wallace alive on October 30, 1903. Two years later, Wallace authored his first of 28 books, Lure Of The Labrador Wild.



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