THE NIMROD'S VOYAGE.
The return of the Nimrod from the! Antarctic regions marks another epoch in the history of man's efforts to explore [ the hidden recesses of the world, and to I wrest from Nature the secrets she has so \ ' long and carefully concealed. So far as ' can be judged from the accounts supplied j by Lieutenant Shackle ton to the English ' papers, the expedition has been, from the ; scientific standpoint, a great success. The \ j exploring paTty reached a point further south than any of their predecessors, j , They located the South magnetic pole, I I and they nave secured a large amount of valuable information as to the metecTo-! j logical conditions that prevail in Antarctica, as w«U as many interesting detaik ct its, geology and topo-! graph/ and its animal and vegetable life. It is, of course, impossible j yet to estimate the full value of these fresh contributions to the vast store of scientific knowledge; but, judging! by the results achieved by the ScottShackleton expedition in the Discovery five years ago, we may reasonably infer from the information already made public that the promoters of the Nimrod expedition, as well as the explorers themselves, are thoroughly satisfied with what they have accomplished. As to whether any kind of scientific success is worth the terrible hardships and the personal suffering that Antarctic exploration entails, there is, of course, room for considerable difference of opinion. Lieutenant Shackleton's story, with its constant references to blizzards and frostbite and mountaineering adventures, in which the thrill is heightened by the unique conditions under which the explorers worked will hardly attract any large number of imitators. In fact, we venture to assert that if the next Antarctic expedition depended for recruits upon a general public previously well posted in literature of this kind, its chance of mustering a full complement would be very small. But howlittle inclined the average man may be to imitate the desperate deeds of ■Lieutenant Shackleton and his comrades, J .there are few people so unimaginative
and' uhenth-asiastici a* not> : to. .appreciate the truly hecoic. determination and courage that carries men.unfaltering..through? such' terrific experiences as these. Thescientific, woxld may- be appropriately grateful for the Nhrirad's botanical and! geological and meteorological , researches;; the " man in the street" -will render the , , explorers an even-heartier -meed of praisai and admiration 'for.the periis they have! faced and the hardshipa they have so! bravely endured.
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