The Southland

WhiteFanglandedfromthesteamerinSanFrancisco.Hewasappalled.Deepinhim,belowanyreasoningprocessoractofconsciousness,hehadassociatedpowerwithgodhead.Andneverhadthewhitemenseemedsuchmarvellousgodsasnow,whenhetrodtheslimypavementofSanFrancisco.Thelogcabinshehadknownwerereplacedbytoweringbuildings.Thestreetswerecrowdedwithperilswaggons,carts,automobiles;great,straininghorsespullinghugetrucks;andmonstrouscableandelectriccarshootingandclangingthroughthemidst,screechingtheirinsistentmenaceafterthemannerofthelynxeshehadknowninthenorthernwoods.

Allthiswasthemanifestationofpower.Throughitall,behinditall,wasman,governingandcontrolling,expressinghimself,asofold,byhismasteryovermatter.Itwascolossal,stunning.WhiteFangwasawed.Fearsatuponhim.AsinhiscubhoodhehadbeenmadetofeelhissmallnessandpuninessonthedayhefirstcameinfromtheWildtothevillageofGreyBeaver,sonow,inhisfull-grownstatureandprideofstrength,hewasmadetofeelsmallandpuny.Andthereweresomanygods!Hewasmadedizzybytheswarmingofthem.Thethunderofthestreetssmoteuponhisears.Hewasbewilderedbythetremendousandendlessrushandmovementofthings.Asneverbefore,hefelthisdependenceonthelove-master,closeatwhoseheelshefollowed,nomatterwhathappenedneverlosingsightofhim.

ButWhiteFangwastohavenomorethananightmarevisionofthecityanexperiencethatwaslikeabaddream,unrealandterrible,thathauntedhimforlongafterinhisdreams.Hewasputintoabaggage-carbythemaster,chainedinacornerinthemidstofheapedtrunksandvalises.Hereasquatandbrawnygodheldsway,withmuchnoise,hurlingtrunksandboxesabout,draggingtheminthroughthedoorandtossingthemintothepiles,orflingingthemoutofthedoor,smashingandcrashing,toothergodswhoawaitedthem.

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