Northward: Peary’s 1908-09 Expedition

Building box houses

5º below last and 6 above this morning it has been quite cool all day with a little wind. The ice was running last night and this morning a little outside of us and was piling up down at Cape Rawson. The boys are building box houses, began this morning. One of the women has gone up over the hill parbloctoe and two more after her. One of those that was parbloctoe last night went around and shook hands with everybody just as polite as could be just as though she had been away a long time.

Piblockto: 'piblockto' or 'parbloctoe' is a condition also known as Arctic Hysteria. There are several variant spellings used by the crew members in thier journals. 


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