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disappeared under the uniform whiteness. The plain was absolutely deserted.
Between the Union Pacific road and the branch which unites Kearney
with Saint Joseph it formed a great uninhabited island.
Neither village, station, nor fort appeared. From time to time
they sped by some phantom-like tree, whose white skeleton twisted
and rattled in the wind. Sometimes flocks of wild birds rose,
or bands of gaunt, famished, ferocious prairie-wolves ran howling
after the sledge. Passepartout, revolver in hand, held himself ready
to fire on those which came too near. Had an accident then happened
to the sledge, the travellers, attacked by these beasts, would have been
in the most terrible danger; but it held on its even course, soon gained
Around the World in 80 Days