AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND CONTRIBUTIONS.
(Received 9.35, a.m.) MELBOURNE, this da;. The Minister for External Affairs ie, surprised that Lieutenant Shackleton sent him no report, regarding the Nimrod'S explorations, seeing that the Commonwealth Government subscribed £5000 towards the cost. He states that whatever his contracts with newspapers were Lieutenant Shackleton. must recognise come obligations to. the. Commonwealth. [The New Zealand Government eontrtbuted £1000 towards the expenses, of tbe expedition, and the Commonwealth £6000.] Lieutenant Shackleton ha* penetrated to about 120 miles from the Pole, and thus has the honour of getting nearer the goal than any .previous explorer, Arctic or Antarctic. He has beaten Captain Scott by 6 deg. 6 mm., 82 deg. 17 mm. being the point at which Shackleton's former chief gave up the chaw to his «hip. Commander Peary;-who reached the farthest north point in the Northern Hemisphere, stopped at 87 deg: Oβ mm., in March, 1006. He ie now attempting, with, a party oi four, to make a dash from his last outpost to the Pole under precisely- similar conditions to those adopted by Lieut. Shackleton. —i—^———i■— ■
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