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To The North Pole

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Parent Issue
Day
20
Month
October
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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Dr .Edward Hofma, who graduated from the medical department in 1884, has returncd from his trip in seareh of the North Pole. He was a member.of the'unlncky Wellinau expedition, and has been goue just 17 months. The voyage froin Tromsoe to Cape Teggethoff, Hall Mand, Franz Josef island, where the permanent camp was established, did not vary particularly from similar voyages on the part of other explorers. A portable house of English constrnction had been taken along, and this became, during the long Arctic winter, the home of four Americana and five Nbrwegians who constituted the party. The means of eiyoyinent throughout the 90 days of darkness were somewhat limited. Dr. Hofma said that the elimate of Hall island vould not be unbearable under favorable conditions. Shonld the discovery of gold, for instance, bring au influx of white men there, they would be able to live very nice[y, although it is many degrees north of Dawson City. When the party returned to civiliza - ton, by Dr. Hofma's directiou Mr. Wellman went to a famous Enlgish hospital to secure needed rest. Exalorer Wellman was about 45 miles 'rom the camp when he injured his :eg, but went over 50 miles farther oefore returning to his companions. The injury was not serious at the outset, but required immediate medical attendance, which, of eourse, it did not receive. Dr. Hofma believes the pole will be reached. He agrees fully with Nansen's theory, that drifting is the most certain way of reaching the pole, but says that eourse reqnires at least three years' time. A quick dash on foot, with sledges drawn by dogs carrying necessary provisions, is, the doctor thinks, perfectable feasible. The attempt must, of eourse, be made by the right man at the right time, and under the right conditions. As scientist of the party, Dr. Hofma made a fine collection of animal aud plant life,which he turned over to the Natural History Society of New York city. The doctor also brought quite a number of curiosities and specimens home with him. Asked as to whether he was in imminent personal danger at any time, the doctor declared that he had a very trying experience in a too heavily laden canvas boat which fllled in spite of his utmost efforts to pump it out. His situation was exceedingly unpleasant for a time. Dr. Hofma declared that he might agaiii visit the polar regions.