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   [170] Ibid.

   [171] Scott’s Last Expedition, vol. i. p. 361.

   [172] Scott’s Last Expedition, vol. ii. p. 293.

   [173] Ibid. pp. 291-297; written by Lieutenant Evans.

   [174] Ibid. vol. i. p. 409.

   [175] Scott’s Last Expedition, vol. i. p. 403.

   [176] Ibid. p. 404.

   [177] Scott’s Last Expedition, vol. i. p. 425.

   [178] Ibid. p. 437.

   [179] Ibid. p. 429.

   [180] Ibid. p. 438.

CHAPTER IX

THE POLAR JOURNEY

                                Come, my friends,
    ’Tis not too late to seek a newer world. 
    Push off, and sitting well in order smite
    The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
    To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
    Of all the western stars, until I die. 
    It may be that the gulfs will wash us down: 
    It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
    And see the great Achilles, whom we knew. 
    Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’
    We are not now that strength which in old days
    Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
    One equal temper of heroic hearts,
    Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
    To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. 
                                    TENNYSON, Ulysses.

Take it all in all it is wonderful that the South Pole was reached so soon after the North Pole had been conquered.  From Cape Columbia to the North Pole, straight going, is 413 geographical miles, and Peary who took on his expedition 246 dogs, covered this distance in 37 days.  From Hut Point to the South Pole and back is 1532 geographical or 1766 statute miles, the distance to the top of the Beardmore Glacier alone being more than 100 miles farther than Peary had to cover to the North Pole.  Scott travelled from Hut Point to the South Pole in 75 days, and to the Pole and back to his last camp in 147 days, a period of five months.  A. C.-G.

(All miles are geographical unless otherwise stated.)

I. THE BARRIER STAGE

The departure from Cape Evans at 11 P.M. on November 1 is described by Griffith Taylor, who started a few days later on the second Geological Journey with his own party: 

“On the 31st October the pony parties started.  Two weak ponies led by Atkinson and Keohane were sent off first at 4.30, and I accompanied them for about a mile.  Keohane’s pony rejoiced in the name of Jimmy Pigg, and he stepped out much better than his fleeter-named mate Jehu.  We heard through the telephone of their safe arrival at Hut Point.

“Next morning the Southern Party finished their mail, posting it in the packing case on Atkinson’s bunk, and then at 11 A.M. the last party were ready for the Pole.  They had packed the sledges overnight, and they took 20 lbs. personal baggage.  The Owner had asked me what book he should take.  He wanted something fairly filling.  I recommended Tyndall’s Glaciers—­if he wouldn’t find it ‘coolish.’  He didn’t fancy this!  So then I said, ‘Why not take Browning, as I’m doing?’ And I believe that he did so.

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