Eleven above zero this morning and partly cloudy. The Second has been at work on some cooking contrivances today. There are quite a lot to get ready. One of the firemen has worked as a tailor so he is letting my Cordroy [sic] coat out in front and adding a little sheepskin to the lining. Has it basted up it fits allright perhaps it will be large enough so I can wear it around home. The Com. has taken a few pictures today, and I took a couple of a Deer’s head.
The 'cooking contrivances' Wardwell describes here are the tin stoves Commander Peary designed for his sledging parties to use out on the ice. The were light weight andvery efficient.