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The Brownsville daily herald. (Brownsville, Tex.) 1897-1910, December 31, 1909, Image 7

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Brownsville, Texas
anuary 11, 12 and 13, 1909
I eluding Valuable Town Lots to be given fof best display of Valley Truck,
Vegetables, e"t& A Poultry. Show of Valley Poultry to be a special feature.
All Farmers and Truck Growers in the Valley invited to exhibit. Those
desiring to enter exhibits should address - ,
W. E. McDAVITT, Brownsville, Texas, or
rownsville Business
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I"ir.t Sprang Story of Ahcent of Jit.
McKinley. This Was Swallowed by
the 'h-jir Public .t.! the North Pole
Looked Easy.
,Gn November 28, 1906, Dr. Freu-
erick A. Cook, physician and explorer,
arrived in New York city with the
story of having ascended Mount Aic
Kinley, an unprecedented feat, on his
lipi. On July 9 of the following year
he touched at North Sydney, C. B.,
aboard the schooner John R. Bradley,
and made-known that' he was bound
upon a scientific trip to the Arc-tic
regions. Two months later word
came from Etah, Greenland, that the
conqueror of Mt. McKinley was about
to make a dash for the North Pole.
His backer, John It. Bradley, later
stated that his expedition had been
fitted out quietly and that in the fol.
lowing spring the dash for th"e Pole
would be begun.
Then followed a protracted period
during which little was heard of the
Cook outfit. Finally becoming
alarmed for his safety, early in thej
present year a relief expeuitibn was!
fitted out to go north in the summer
and search for the explorers. The
re"o-.-,e party left New York late in
the summer.
On Sept. 1 last, the world was star
tled by a message from Dr. Cook to
the effect thai he had reached the
North Pole on April 21, 190S. This
message was received at the colonial
office in Copenhagen, being sent
from Lerwick, Shetland Islands. Dr.
Cook was then on board the Danish
Government steamship Hans Egede,
which had passed Lerwick at noon
September 1, en route for Denmark.
The telegram announcing Cook's al.
leged achievement was sent by a
Greenland official on board the steam
ship and read as follows:
"We have on board the American'
traveler, Dr. Cook, who reached the
North Pole April 21, 190S. Dr. Cook!
arrived at Upernavik (the northern-!
most Danish settlement in Greenland
on an island off the west coast) in
May of 1909 from Cape York (in the
northwest part of Greenland on Baf
fin Bay). The Eskimos of Cape York
confirm Dr. cook's story of his jour
ney." The astonishment over the jiews of
the. great achievement was followed
by praise that was fairly world-wide.
With few exceptions the press ac
cepted Cook's claims at their face vaL
ue. What doubt was expressed was
chiefly in the British press, a portion
of which, while not questioning the
explorer's veracity, expressed a doubt
of 'whether" he "had actually aecom- nailed the Stars and Stripes to the
plished what he believed he had done. ! North Pole. This is authoritathe and
Dr. Cook returning to civilization ' correct. Cook story should not be
made a triumphal entry into the har- ' taken too seriously. The two Eski
bor of Copenhagen on Sept, 4. Stand- ( mos who accompanied him say be
ing on the bridge of the Hans Egede : went no distance north and not out of
from the mizzenmast of which flew sight of land. O ther members of the
the flag of the United States, Dr. . tribe corroborate the story.
Cook, smilingly, modestly and with; (Signed) "Peary."
dignity accepted the tributas shouted j This was followed by another mess
from the flock of little vessels which j age front Peary, saying:
gathered about the steamer and es-'. "Cook has sold the public a gold
corted her to the pier. j brick."
Crown Prince Christian of Den- , From the moment these messages
j mark, Maurice F. Egan, the United i were published v. storm of partisan
rftates minister; the Danish Minister "t-u:iu arose, h.gujju -eary un
of Commerce and committees repre- deniably had shaken popular confi
senting various public bodies boarded den(,e in Cook, he at the same time
the Hans Egede and welcomed Cook ; made friends for his rival hy what is
in "the name of the nation and the 'ooked upon by some us a display of
city. He was escorted ashore' by ! PiQue. Since then the battle between
Prince Christian and, followed" by an ' tIlp Cook party and the friends o?
immense throng that cheered itself ' p?'iry has waged incessantly,
hoarse, made his way to the Meteor, i n Sept. 21 Cook arrived at New
ological Institute, where he made a j York-and Peary at Sydney, N. S. Cook
orief speech, saying that ho had left : was acclaimed by his followers and
at the North Pole an American flag r wined and dined as a hero. Peary re
and a box containing documents in- ' mained quietly at his home near Port,
eluding a brief account of his trip land. Mo. Soon-afterwards Cook de
and certain observations and data to Hvered a series of lectures, and final
bear out his claim. 'y on Dec. S last submitted the rec-
In an interview he said: "I nave' .,uo ul ,us expeauion to me t'mver-
been to the North. Pole and I have ' BllJf ul oopennagen, wnicn nas now
brought back the most exact observa-'
tions absolutely proving my state-'
ment. I have kept a diary through. I
out my entire expedition, in which I .
recorded the most minute details. It
was not my intention at the start to s
proceed to the Pole. I was merely j
on an Arctic excursion. But as II
found conditions favorable, " 1 con
tinued on my way to the Pole." j
Cook was Honied by all of Den-F
mark. -J Chicago, Dec. 31. With the retire-
On the day following his arrival atf ment of Sir Charles Rivers-Wilson, of
declared that these records do not
prove that tne alleged discoverer ever
reached the North Pole. Boston
riitcuso Man Succeeds Canudiih' as
Copenhagen, Cook was the guest at
dinner of King Frederick at the sum
mer palace. The king had invited
Cook after his Government had raaa'e
a cursory investigation of his story
and accepted it as true. On Sept. 7
the explorer delivered a lecture be
fore a distinguished audience includ
ing the king and queen, the Prince
and Princess George of Greece and
many of the members of the royal
family. At the conclusion of his re
marks he was presented with a gold
medal by the crown prince.
On the day of his decoration n sen.
sation was caused by a message from
the Arctic This read:
"Indian Harbor, via Cape Ray, N.
F., Sept. ti-. To The Associated Press,
New York:
"Stars and Stripes nailed to the
North Pole.
(Signed) "Peary."
Peary was informed of Cook's
claim, and on the same day, Sept. 7,
threw the world into partisan fury by
this message of claim and allegation:
'Indian Harbor, Labrador (via
wireless, via Cape Ray, N. F , Sept. 7.
"To Melville E. Stone, The Asso
ciated Press, New York I have
London, as president of the Grand
Trunk Railway of Canada, annonnceu
for the end of the year, a Chicago
man will hereafter control the des
tinies of the great transportation sys.
tem. He is Charles Melville Hays, for
some time secon dvice-presldent ana
general manager of the road. Sir
Charles will receive a pension of $7,
500 annually from the Grand Trunk.
By selecting a Chicago man, for Mr.
Hay&was from 18S9 to 189C general
manager of the Wabash here, the
English directors of the Grand Trunk
have taken advantage of the oppor
tunity to n?ake changes which will
bring the company into line with
other American railways. Alfred
Smlthers, who has been a director for
fourteen years, will succeed Sir Riv
ers as chairman of the board. Mr.
Hays was born at Rock Island, HI., In
Railroad Man Retires.
Albany, N. Y., Dec 31. Joel
Burdick, passenger traffic manager of
the Delaware & Hudson, resigned to
day to assume the active cranageraent
of the West Penn. Steel Company of
Pittsburg, of which he is president.

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