The North Pole.
A year ago last fall an American inventor and scientist, Mr George A. Treadwell, formerly of Oakland, bat at present in Loudon, and. who is now associated in scientific matters with Sir John Lubbock, a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, and also M.P., conceived an original and ingenious mode of determining the character of the country at the North Pole without physical inspection. Knowing from data now' on tile in the archives of the California Academy of Sciences, that wild geese annually navigate to and from the North Pole, and furthermore, that in coming back to California from the Arctic circle they unquestionably come to that field where they suffer the least molestation, and which they frequented the immediately preceding winter, it at once occurred to Mr Treadwell to make the wild goose a messenger of civilisation and a bearer of “ Tidings of great joy.” To that end he bent ail the energies of his being, and last fall sent to a farmer in Livermore Valley, in Alameda County, his plans. In London he had eighty small camera obscures made, provided each with chemically prepared plates and a dark chemical treating department, and each apparatus was directed by clock-work, or rather by w'atcb-work, so that a scene or picture could be taken and permanently fixed every twenty-four hours. The whole process was after the manner and mode of photography. He directed the farmer at Livermore to place a number of snares or traps on the wheat field. This was accordingly done, and many of the wild geese were taken. The photographic machine and process was attached underneath the right wing of each bird. Last spring the geese were let loose, and while the spring sunshine was coming forth in all its glory those eighty birds were speeding towards the North Pole at the rate of sixty miles an hour. This fall one of the same flock of geese had returned to the wheat field at Livermore, and the farmer there succeeded in capturing him. What was his surprise and wonder on examining him to find the identical apparatus attached to him that he had placed under his wing. As was stated before, the apparatus was so arranged that it was operated by watch-work, and once in twenty-four hours it took a picture of the country over which the goose travelled, or in which it happened to be. Therefore, on opening it the eighty plates were found. They were sent to Treadwell, in London, and the finishing touches of photography were applied to them. Sir John Lubbock, Professor Henry Thompson, and many distinguished members of the Royal Society of London, besides the faculty of the University of London, were present. Science was startled and almost confounded when, one by one, Mr Treadwell presented the pictures of the North Pole and the intermediate regions. There were some scenes in Oregon, Dakota, Canada, Lake Superior, and Alaska, and there were three plates that indicated nothing, probably owing to there being no sunlight, which is essentially necessary to photography. Then came what millions of money and the sacrifice of noble lives have failed to attain—a look and view of the North Pole. There were pictures of ice, miles in height; then there gradually came a change, until at last the scenes showed a beautiful fairyland, full of temperate zone vegetation. There were animals which seemed to be neither the reindeer nor the moose. There was a huge animal very like the mastodon, but yet different. There were pictures of curious people grouped together looking up, as if towards the winged carriers. These people did not appear to be either Caucasians or Indians, and they were of giant proportions; they wore garments evidently made from the skins of wild beasts, and yet there were some who appeared as leaders, and were clothed in raiment indicating civilisation. One photo showed a field of cereal, not unlike Egyptian corn, and yet another plate had a grand view of a city, though it seemed somewhat obscured by the haze which overhangs a metropolis. A full account of this great revelation will be printed in the Loudon ‘Times.’—Exchange. __________
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The North Pole., Evening Star, Issue 8012, 14 September 1889, Supplement
The North Pole. Evening Star, Issue 8012, 14 September 1889, Supplement
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