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MAWSON INTERVIEWED.

RARE BIOLOGICAL. SPECIMENS

A SHOCKING CLIMATE

PARTY'S TRYING TIME

(Received February 27, ICUO a.m.)

ADELAIDE, February 27. The University Council has decide! to iendei a reception to Ma.vsori s 'party. The Prime Minister and State Premiers have been invited.-< The Mayor is convening public meetings of" citizens to tender, a reception. , . Dr. Mavvson, interviewed,, said he was delighted to give any information he could without interfering with other arrangements made. He said that after the ship had relieved the two bases, the Aurora made an extended cruise west, attempting to , discover new land and taking soundings and deep-sea dredging. He was ;sure this collection of biological material was the best obtained from the Antarctic.' The operations extended two miles down, and nearly everything got was new to science, and when the British Association meets in August he will give a preliminary outline of his achievements. In addition, a large number of animals were secured, and hundreds of birds' skins, which will be distributed throughout Australian museums gratis. The party had very trying times in Adelie Land. It was the worst climate in the world, and there was not one man who returned after the long and sensational sojourn there who wouldn't commit' suicide rather than .stop another year. Dr. Mawson was reticent when questioned as to his own heroism after the deaths of Ninnes and Mertz, Saying simply: "1 was for 30 days absolutely alone, and had a most' marvellous escape, being reduced to the last stages of starvation. Tramping along the deep snow I noticed something black; it was a bit of food dropped by tho searcli party sent to ascertain my whereabouts. I was then 20 miles from the hut, in a place no previous expedition had ever been. "The great point of this undertaking was that we were, for the most part, travelling new country. Wj> the exception of the death of Ninnes and Mertz, the expedition was very fortunate. These two died like heroes —nobody ever lived a braver life than either. ■. c " Taking into account the number or men in the field, and the length of time, no expedition, with the exception of Shackleton's and Amundsen's, suffered fewer losses. . , "The health of the party was remarkably good, great care having been taken in provisioning. j " There was very nearly loss of life i at the start. . Several parties were sent out, and i one, led by Madigan,

proved very successful. Yet their tent was carried away, and,the men had a long march. Madigan was badly frostbitten, his toes and finger-nails dropping off."

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MAWSON INTERVIEWED., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8805, 27 February 1914

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MAWSON INTERVIEWED. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8805, 27 February 1914

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