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Abbey Mason, The...... Thomas Hardy 21
Marginal Decorations by Harvey Emrich.
Lizette Woodworth Reese 933
G. E. Woodberry 366
James B. Kenyon 598
E. S. Martin 137
Painting by Marion Powers
Illustration for "Children in Fictio RICHARD FEVEREL AND LUCY DESBOROUGH “She lottered shyly to steal a look at the handsome new-comer"
HIS is to be the story of an under- American Museum of Natural History
taking the reason for which was of New York, and the Geological Survey
the belief that there might exist of Canada, decided that the matter was on the north shore of the American worth looking into. These two institucontinent people who had never seen a tions, therefore, joined hands in the white man. The scientific importance scientific indorsement of what came to of finding and studying such a tribe, if be known as the Stefánsson - Anderson any existed, need not be argued here Arctic Expedition. The chief burden any more than it needed to be argued of expense fell upon the Museum. before the governing boards of scientific We hoped we should find people who institutions in the autumn of 1907, when had never seen a white man, and we their financial support of the project was found several hundreds of them eventualfirst sought. The only question was, did ly; but what no one hoped (or shall I any such isolated people exist? The say feared?) was that the expedition
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would one day.come to attract world- complicated paraphernalia that are comwide interest, and became the subject, in monly considered essential.
We were many lands. of praise, debate, and de- not looking for the pole, nor for any nunciations, through the simple circum waste countries; we hoped to discover stance that we found some of these peo- people, and to live with them a year or ple to be of a fairer complexion than so to find out what manner of men they one expects to meet with among aborig are who as yet have no acquaintance with ines of the American continent. As yet the “ blessings of civilization." Evidentno one officially connected with the ly, then, we reasoned, we need take no
wpedition has declared his adherence to food along with us, but merely the im: any theory, to the exclusion of all others, plements for getting food; for where the that shall explain why it is that we found Eskimos, armed as they must be with so many blond individuals where bows and arrows only, can live and proshould have expected to find none. I vide sufficient food for themselves and have been denounced in print and in their children, there, surely, we too could many languages, both in America and live in comfort, if armed with modern abroad, for not adopting at once the par rifles. With the courage of our conticular theories which to the writers seem victions we therefore went into the field self-evidently true. No doubt I shall with an outfit that could be carried in some time (when our scientific data shall two thirty-foot boats. have been computed out and digested) Our first year in the arctic was not adopt a theory that more or less satisfies devoid of incident nor barren of results, me, and this, together with the facts on but a detailed account of it is not inwhich it is based, I shall at the proper tended to form a part of the present time have the pleasure of presenting narrative. My own winter headquarters to the readers of Harper's Magazine. were near the mouth of the Colville in Meantime we turn to a brief narrative northern Alaska, while Dr. Anderson of the events which finally brought us spent the sunless period in the Endicott in contact with the people in question, Mountains, a hundred miles to the eastthe Eskimos of Dolphin and Union Strait ward. During this time he and his and Coronation Gulf.
party of four Eskimos lived on caribou, The story of how our expedition was mountain-sheep, and ptarmigan, and he planned can be touched on only briefly. had his first experience of going without The essential feature that set our ven such luxuries as flour and salt. ture apart from the typical arctic ex Most people are in the habit of looking pedition was that we expected to dis upon the articles of our accustomed diet, pense with the large stores of food and and especially upon salt, as necessities.