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and it is evident that we had seized the ing our clothes, etc., so far as the weather lull in the storm to run in in the nick will allow us. The barometer shows inof time. We turned out about noon, dications of improvement. and spent the rest of the day in spread- “All the ice has now cleared out of the ing out our clothes and trying to dry bays between here and Cape Stephen, and them, but the moist atmosphere and the many very large bergs are drifting about frequent snow - storms and sleet ren- between here and there, gradually passing dered this very difficult. The swell on south out of Nightingale Sound.
the beach has much increased, and is “August 2d, Friday. -- There is less breaking heavily, and thumping heavy wind to-day, but a heavy swell is still ice upon it. We had to shift our tents running. The beach is much encumberthis afternoon, as the sea once or twice ed with ice blocks, and at present it is washed into them. Cape Grant on this quite impossible to launch the boat. side is a very bad place for a camp, as “Armitage and I walked down, or there is very little space upon which it is rather clambered down, to the depot of possible to put up a tent, as the sharp, provisions on the S. E. front of the cape, jagged, steep talus runs down to the wa- and added various provisions which we ter's edge. The doctor looks the worst of can spare if we find it impossible to atthe party, and is very thin and haggard; tempt to round Cape Mary Harmsworth another day or two of it, I think, would this season. I find, on a close examinahave finished him. We in our tent tion, that our boat is much damaged, but (Blomkvist, Armitage, and I) are now all I hope that we may fit her up well enough right again, only a bit stiff, but both to try it. The provisions may come in Fisher and Child look hollow-eyed and for some unfortunate castaway, possibly played out.
for ourselves, some time or other." August 1st, Thursday. We are still Great credit must be given to my comstorm-bound. We spend the day in dry- panions in Franz-Josef Land for the loyal
and hearty help they rendered me in my to the best of my ability, to the Exploration endeavors to increase our geographical of Franz-Josef Land, in itself a field for a and other scientific knowledge of the vast amount of scientific work, avd in the world, and to whom whatever success
opinion of the most distinguished Arctic men the expedition has attained is due. Nei, owing to the efforts of yourself, been made
the best road to the North Pole. Having, ther must Mr. Harmsworth, who supplied aware of Mr. Jackson's wonderful energy and the greater portion of the expenses con- his recent work in the Arctic, I offered him nected with the expedition, be forgotten the leadership of the Expedition, avd secured for the part he played in it, rendering it an ally in whom I place the utmost confipossible for me to carry my plans into dence. deeds. These plans are embodied in the
As to Mr. Jackson's chances of reaching the following letter, which was written by Pole I shall say nothing. For my own part I Mr. Harmsworth to the secretary of the shall be entirely satisfied if he and his com
panions add to our knowledge of the geograex peuition on the eve of my departure, phy and the fauna and fora of Franz-Josef and was published in the public press: Land and the area lying immediately North
12 CLARGES STREET, PICCADILI.Y, W. MY DEAR MONTIFIORE, To write" a few words” on a subject one bas at heart very deeply is not sy; but I will be as brief as posle in my explanation of the reaps I bad in mind when I decided n fitting out the present Polar xpedition. From the time when y a youngster I read the story of Franklin I have always been fascinated by the great mystery of the North. Julius von Payer's book and the concluding chapters of Admiral Markham's Sir John Franklin decided me to contribute,
of it. With“ beating the record ” North I failure. I have emphasized this point particbave very little sympathy. If Mr. Jackson ularly. Our venture is not a North Pole, but plauts the Union Flag nearer the Pole than a Polar Expedition, a distinction with a vast the Stars and Stripes (who head us by four difference. The advice and assistance given miles only), I shall be glad; but if he came us by such authority as the President of the back, having found the Pole, but minus the Royal Geographical Society, the Council of the work of the Scientists of which our Expedi- Meteorological Office and Committee and Sution consists, I should regard the venture as a perintendent of the Kew Observatory, Captain
Creak, R.N., of the Hydrographic Department I think I may say, without boasting, of the Admiralty, Mr. B. Leigh Smith, Sir Leo- that the expectations and desires expold McClintock, Admiral Markham, Sir Allen pressed in the above letter have been Young, Mr. R. H. Scott, F.R.S., Mr. J. Coles, fully realized. I cannot lay down my F.R.A.S., of the Geographical Society, Mr. W. Harkness, F.C.S.,of Somerset House, Sir George pen without stating what sincere pleasure Thomas, Bart., and Dr. W. H. Neale, and the
it gave myself and my companions to be interest evoked tbronghout the world, have in the position to render the timely aid been very gratifying to all the brave fellows we did to Dr. Nansen and his brave comwho bave elected to be left on Franz-Josef panion, Lieutenant Johansen, which in Land for two-perhaps for four or five years. itself, to me, would be sufficient reward Yours faithfully,
for the weary years spent in the far (S'g'l.) ALFRED C. HARMSWORTH. North.
“ WERE BUT MY SPIRIT LOOSED UPON THE AIR."
BY LOUISE CHANDLER MOULTON.
WEBE Soute "Highero Wessechu poould lice's chains unbind,
Set free to seek what most it longs to find-
When day was wearing late, and dusk was kind;
And one should greet me to my failings blind,
I could not find him in the old-time place-
Through realms unknown, in strange Celestial race,
From star to star, until I see hi
from the Judge's house to the dusty pipes, and muddy foot-paths where gruntturnpike that bent around the estate like ing pigs refused to stir to give room to the an arm-an arm that ended in a threat- passer-by. The men who worked in the ening fist where, in Mercer, the road brick-kilns lived in this settlement, and broadened into th square before the paid an exorbitant rent to the Judge; their court-house and the gray granite jail. unsightly hovels were not visible from his The road itself was pretty enough, ex- melancholy old house on the bill, because cept where it passed through Mercer's the road came between them, and then a squalid mill suburbs; it kept near the fringe of elderberries and sumaths, and river, wandering across the meadows, then the orchard, where the trees, unand then up and over the hills, through pruned for many a year, were thick with the shadows of button woods and chest- bunches of twigs and gray with lichen. nuts; but it lost its prettiness again where, The brickmakers' village was not beautijust this side of Old Chester, it held, in a ful to look upon, but it meant no irony little bend, a cluster of shapeless houses, when it named itself “Morrison's Shanty