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The description of Sam, from
The Trumpet of the Swan, by E. B. White

     Sam was eleven. His last name was Beaver. He was strong

for his age and had black hair and dark eyes like an Indian. Sam

walked like an Indian, too, putting one foot straight in front of

the other and making very little noise. The swamp through which he

was traveling was a wild place -- there was no trail, and it was boggy

underfoot, which made walking difficult. Every four or five minutes 

Sam took his compass out of his pocket and checked his course to make

sure he was headed in a westerly direction. Canada is a big place. Much

of it is wilderness. To get lost in the woods and swamps of western

Canada would be a serious matter.