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After Buck stands up to Spitz and beats him in a fight to the death, Sol-leks is made the lead dog. Buck repeatedly challenges him too, and is finally allowed to lead the team. Under Buck's leadership, "the general tone of the team picked up immediately...it recovered its old-time solidarity", and the team makes record runs, averaging forty miles a day for fourteen days (Chapter 4). After a short time of celebrity, the exhausted team is capriciously sold to another handler to run the mail from Dawson to Skagway.
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