Northward: Peary’s 1908-09 Expedition

A hissing, seething mess

Very misty this morning so am obliged to wait for the mist to clear away, which it did at 10 o’clock for a few minutes only, but that was sufficient. I got what I wanted and started on for the Captain’s trail at Cape Colan. There was evidence to the eye of heavy wind at the mouth of the fiord. Drifting snow had obliterated his trail entirely altho he had passed by but the day before as I learned from the following note found in split stick in the snow.

                                    Thursday, Oct. 22
My dear Mac:
    Have part of load to Good Pt. and will have the other load and a half tomorrow. The wind and snow have played hell with things and the God damned dogs I don’t know what is wrong with them. Hope you are well.

Here I left a sketch of the Inlet showing caches of musk-ox and bear meat which he was to get if he had the time, and a note telling him what I had done. Also a leg of musk ox and a leg of bear meat for a well deserved feed. I think it will be appreciated. 


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