Then the only other creature who is allowed at the Pack Council--Baloo, the sleepy brown bear who teaches the wolf cubs the Law of the Jungle: old Baloo, who can come and go where he pleases because he eats only nuts and roots and honey--rose upon his hind quarters and grunted.
Let him run with the Pack, and be entered with the others.
Truly, a help in time of need; for none can hope to lead the Pack forever," said Bagheera.
He was thinking of the time that comes to every leader of every pack when his strength goes from him and he gets feebler and feebler, till at last he is killed by the wolves and a new leader comes up--to be killed in his turn.
He threw off his pack and went into the rush-grass on hands and knees, crunching and munching, like some bovine creature.
This was a signal for him to strap on his pack and stumble onward, he knew not where.
When he came to his pack, he paused long over the squat moose-hide sack, but in the end it went with him.
He stumbled from weakness and pitched head foremost on his face, cutting his cheek, his pack upon his back.
Last into the blankets at night, he was first out in the morning, so that the other three had hot coffee before their one before-breakfast pack.
And out of the snow flurries they saw appear a tall, gaunt form, with whiskers of flying white that blended with the storm, bending under a sixty-pound pack of camp dunnage.
Here, on the trail leading into Happy Camp, in the first sunshine of half a dozen days, Old Tarwater rested his pack against a huge boulder and caught his breath.
Weary back-trippers would rest their packs on a log or rock alongside of where he rested his, and would say: "Sing us that song of yourn, dad, about Forty-Nine.
No, mum, I know my place," said Bob, lifting up his pack and shouldering it.
Come, put down your pack, and let me see," said Mrs.
Eh mum, I'm loth, that I am," said Bob, slowly depositing his pack on the step, and beginning to untie it with unwilling fingers.