Northward: Peary’s 1908-09 Expedition

No trace has ever been found

Turned in about 7 o'clock last evening or a good sleep. Woke up at nine. Sat up and dressed and found that is was nine in the evening and that I had only slept two hours. We soon came to Koo-kan, a village of five tupiks and twenty-four people, a very prosperous looking place. The tupiks were the best I have seen, large, some twelve feet long and with a transparent skin porch imparting a large amount of light to the interior.
    Meat of narwhal and the white whale was stacked up in piles as well as hundreds of little auk and murres.
    Every boy and man seemed to have a ky-ack. Three of the best men were taken on board to assist in the walrus hunt.
    From here we could see Veerhoff Glacier, named after Veerhoff, a Yale man, assistant to Commander Peary in 1891-92. Veerhoff left McCormick Bay to walk overland to Robertson Bay. He did not appear at the appointed time. Searching parties were sent out, remaining six days in the field searching thoroughly every foot of the ground travelled up over the Sun Glacier and down the Veerhoff Glacier where foot steps were found. It is supposed that he fell into one of the numerous holes on the surface of the glacier. No trace has ever been found.
    Steaming out of Robertson Bay we rounded Iq-lu-ak-suak Point, past McCormick Bay and the site of Commander's house in 1891-1892, past Cape Cleveland toward Bastion Point to clear the shoal ground of the Redcliffe Penn. and in to Karnah, where we found a very large settlement of six tupiks.
    Taking the best walrus hunters we left here for Ittibloo where we found no tupiks, but a mile further up near the glacier there were three, one inhabited by old Ih-quah and his third wife, also Tu-cumah's mother with her second husband, Tucumah's brother, a fine looking fellow. Here there was a very interesting meeting of Oo-queeah and the wife whom he left a year ago to go north with us.
    After such a long parting one would naturally expect some sort of a demonstration of affection but as long as I observed them there was not the least sign at they knew each other, and yet as I understand, she was and is very fond of him and has been faithful to him since he has been gone. The scene at this particular time is not the exception but the rule, not so much love or emotion exhibited as an animal would show after separation from its kind. It was the same when Bill and We-shark-ob-sie returned from America and when Eva-loo met her mother yesterday after being gone a year.  

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