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My Attainment of the Pole by Frederick A. Cook

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MY ATTAINMENT OF THE POLE

Being the Record of the Expedition that First Reached the Boreal Center, 1907 1909. With the Final Summary of the Polar Controversy

By

DR. FREDERICK A. COOK

THIRD PRINTING, 60TH THOUSAND

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NEW YORK AND LONDON MITCHELL KENNERLEY MCMXIII

By Special arrangements this edition is marketed by The Polar Publishing Co., 601 Steinway Hall, Chicago

COPYRIGHT 1913 BY DR. FREDERICK A. COOK

OTHER BOOKS BY DR. COOK

Through the First Antarctic Night A Narrative of the Belgian South Polar Expedition.

To the Top of the Continent Exploration in Sub Arctic Alaska The First Ascent of Mt. McKinley

My Attainment of the Pole Edition de Luxe

Each of above series will be sent post paid for $5.00. All to one address for $14.00.

Address: THE POLAR PUBLISHING CO. 601 Steinway Hall, Chicago

To the Pathfinders

To the Indian who invented pemmican and snowshoes; To the Eskimo who gave the art of sled traveling; To this twin family of wild folk who have no flag Goes the first credit. To the forgotten trail makers whose book of experience has been a guide; To the fallen victors whose bleached bones mark steps in the ascent of the ladder of latitudes; To these, the pathfinders past, present and future I inscribe the first page. In the ultimate success there is glory enough To go to the graves of the dead and to the heads of the living.

THE PRESENT STATUS OF THE POLAR CONTROVERSY

DR. COOK IS VINDICATED. HIS DISCOVERY OF THE NORTH POLE IS ENDORSED BY THE EXPLORERS OF ALL THE WORLD.

In placing Dr. Cook on the Chautauqua platform as a lecturer, we have been compelled to study the statements issued for and against the rival polar claims with special reference to the facts bearing upon the present status of the Polar Controversy.

Though the question has been argued during four years, we find that it is almost the unanimous opinion of arctic explorers today, that Dr. Cook reached the North Pole on April 21, 1909.

With officer Peary's first announcement he chose to force a press campaign to deny Dr. Cook's success and to proclaim himself as the sole Polar Victor. Peary aimed to be retired as a Rear Admiral on a pension of $6,000 per year. This ambition was granted; but the American Congress rejected his claim for priority by eliminating from the pension bill the words "Discovery of the Pole." The European geographical societies, forced under diplomatic pressure to honor Peary, have also refused him the title of "Discoverer." By a final verdict of the American government and of the highest European authorities, Peary is therefore denied the assumption of being the discoverer of the Pole, though his claim as a re discoverer is allowed. The evasive inscriptions on the Peary medals prove this statement.

Following the acute excitement of the first announcement, it seemed to be desirable to bring the question to a focus by submitting to some authoritative body for decision. Such an institution, however, did not exist. Previously, explorers had been rated by the slow process of historic digestion and assimilation of the facts offered, but it was thought that an academic examination would meet the demands. Officer Peary first submitted his case to a commission appointed by the National Geographical Society of Washington, D. C. This jury promptly said that in their "opinion" Peary reached the Pole on April 6, 1909; but a year later in congress the same men unwillingly admitted that in the Peary proofs there was no positive proof.

Dr. Cook's data was sent to a commission appointed by the University of Copenhagen. The Danes reported that the material presented was incomplete and did not constitute positive proof. This verdict, however, did not carry the interpretation that the Pole had not been reached. The Danes have never said, as they have been quoted by the press, that Dr... Continue reading book >>




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