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Or care to. But there's another way to see the ice, a different means for measuring its power. And on "our" lake I've experienced that as well. It was another November, another lustrous sheet of ice, and I gratefully dusted off my skates for the season. But in a few minutes, disaster. I instantly knew I was seriously hurt. Sometimes the shock and swiftness of an injury can disguise its severity, but not this time. There was shock and it happened fast, but I knew my left arm was useless. I was trying to make it work and it wouldn't.

In a few minutes I heard a muffled underground crack—the taproot was fractured, the stump had given up. I quickly withdrew the bar, and holding it horizontal to the ground, forced it beneath the stump, past the tortured taproot and out the other side. Bending my knees and taking several deep breaths, I jerked up on the bar as hard as I could, thrusting for the sky. With a sharp snapping-shredding sound, the stump heaved up out of the ground and rolled over on its side. Jubilant, I seized the mutilated taproot and halfdragged, half-carried the silent stump over to the brush pile.

While Andy and Gene were preparing to enter the building, the rest of us laid out over a thousand feet of hose and hauled two portable pumps onto the frozen lake. Without fire hydrants, and with trucks able to hold only a token two thousand gallons, we must rely upon lakes and rivers for the bulk of our water. " The ice was about eighteen inches thick, and the instant the drill punched through and dark water broke to the surface, suction lines were shoved into the holes and the pumps started heaving.

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