Northward: Peary’s 1908-09 Expedition

Losing their nerve

General repair day. Have on Commander's pants while mine are being fixed. There is no telling when we shall have another rest so it is well to put all my clothes on good sledge. Some of the Esquimaux are losing their nerve, complaining of lame shoulders, sore chests, frosted feet, etc. The "Big Lead" can be crossed today if Borup and Marvin would only come.  

  The "Big Lead": the lead MacMillan is referring to in this entry is the lead that Commander Peary encountered on his 1905-06 North Pole Expedition. The lead was too large to cross, and Peary's waiting and eventual need to detour ruined his chances of reaching the Pole in 1906.

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