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SCOTT'S DIARY TELLS OF
GREAT BRAVERY MRS.
London, Feb. 11. With Capt.
Robert F. Scott and his four
brave, companions, who reached
the south pole, only to perish on
their return within a few miles of
safety, marched the spirit of Eng
land, which has carried the flag
and civilization to the outposts of
Amundsen, the Norwegian, had
reached the pole a month before
Scott. It was a bitter blow to the
Briton, but he gave all credit to
The spirit that has led other
Englishmen to give up their lives
to open the way in new lands
stands out in the one short con
cluding sentence in his record,
scribbled with half frozen fingers
as he lay in the shelter tent that
was his tomb, 11 miles from Mc
Murdo bay and safety:
"I do not regret this journey,
which has shown that English
men can endure hardships, help
one another, and meet death with
as great a fortitude as in the
Those significant words have
sent a thrill through all England.
In the faces of the thousands
gathered before the bulletin
boards there is sadness, but there
was an almost involuntary
straightening of shoulders by
every citizen when the brave
words were thrown on the boards.
Scott's short, matter-of-fact
record of the days that just pre
ceded his death, shows that every
member of the party was imbued
;with qualities greater than mere
TERRIBLE SUFFERING AND
SCOTT DOES NOT KNOW
They knew they were to die.
They had reached the pole. It
would have been easy for them
to omit mention of finding evi
dence of Amundsen's explora
tion. There would have been
quetsion of his reliability. An
other Cook-Peary tangle would
But all credit was given to the
Norwegian for his discovery.
Petty Officer Evans, the strong
est man in the party, fell and was
injured. Weeks of delay were
caused on the backward march.
If the other four had deserted
Evans they would have won
through. And no one would
ever have known.
Evans knew this. He pleaded
with his superiors to save them
selves. But they struggled slow
ly back, bringing him with them.
Then Evans died.
The remaining quartette press
ed on, striving to reach their base
of supplies before the pitiless an
arctic winter gripped them in a
Capt. Oates weakened under
the strain. The little company
went into camp. Oates grew
weaker. He realized that he was
a fatal handicap to his compan
ions. During one of the most severe
blizzards encountered he, strug
gled to his feet in the little shelter
tent, and, with the casual remark
that he was going "outside, and
might be gone some time," walk
ed voluntarily to his death.