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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 13, 1912, Image 14

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Ten, twelve, fourteen easy miles
had been recorded. Fourteen and
a half and only a pile of hum
mocks obscured the "bottom of the
world. There had been no indi
cation of Lionel Fox and his
crowd. Toilsomely and tremul
ously, Wilburn' made his way
over the great hummock. Eight
hundred yards ahead he beheld
the focus of all meridians. There
was no sign of Fox. Wilburn
gave a riotous whoop and push
ed on.
Another toilsome noun, and he
stood at the point of the Ulti
mate Degree the Great Unat
tainable the Bottom of the
World.
"At last!" he cried. "And no
tablet to mark a rival beforehand.
I am first first first!"
He inscribed the tablet he had
ready 'and jabbered on almost
hysterically. Tien a sound smote
his ears that caused him to jump
from hemisphere to hemisphere.
It was a hollow groan. Wlbura
looked fearfully about.
The sound proceeded from an
ice shack he had not noticed.
Wilburn peeped within. There,
wrapped in furs, lay a form,
which groaned again. v.
"Lionel Fox," Wilburn groan
ed back. "And "before me!"
"eYs, first," muttered Fox,
"but not to live for the glory.
"Came yesterday alone. J I "
He gasped, struggled and
straightened out. Wilburn stood
alone once more. He was in com
plete possession of the south pole.
NNo one else knew of Fox's success
nor of hisown. The chronicling!
h5f the last great conquest lay
wun mm. wiiDurn groaneu.
again and stepping without gazed
upon his tablet of achievement.
"Why not?" he rnuttered.
"Who's'going to know? It was
only a few hours anyhow."
He stepped back and peeped in
to the ice hut. The fur-swathed
explorer lay very peaceful. Wil
burn groaned yet again and,
crossing over to the tablet, he
marked out his own inscription,
writing upon the other side:
"South Pole. Discovered May
29, 1912, by Lionel Fox of thex
Storm King expedition, who died
next day. God rest his soul in
peace."
Then "Wilburn began the weari
some trudge northward.
-o-
,
ABOUT 'PEOPLE
-
The marriage of Miss Marjorie
THe. daughter of Henry C. Ide,
Ameriran minister .Ujh&8
toj Spain, to Shane !
Leslie, grandson of j
Sir Tohn and Lady
Constance Leslie of
Glaslough, Ireland,:
is announced to
take place in June.
Dr. Eugene
K u e h nemann of
Breslau (Germany)
university, will be
the first to occupy
the Carl Schurz memorial profes
sorship established at the univer
sity of Wisconsin by German-Americans.
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