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A Press despatch reported the arrival at Archangel of the surviving members of the expedition which left Russia in tho autumn of 1912, under Captain Scdov, in the hope of reaching the North Pole by way of Franz Josef Land. The survivors report the death of their leader from illness, while attempting to slcdgo north from Franz Jo.sef Laud. This expedition was financed chiefly by the well-known St. Petersburg newspaper the ' Novoya Vremja,' and was generally believed to be badly equipped when it* started north. The undertaking was not favored by tho Russian Government. Sedov's previous Arctic experience had included an expedition to the mouth of the Kolyma, in 1909, and one to Nova Zembla in' 1910, but the impression prevailed when he left Russia oil his final journey that neither he nor his men had sufficient skill, training, or equipment to give hope of valuable results from their expedition. The winter of 1912-13 was spent .at the Pankratiov Islands, off the north-west coast of Nova Zembla. The following summer eight of the 22 members were obliged to return to Russia on account of illness. The others were supposed to have sailed for Franz Josef Land, but as no further tidings were received of them the Russian authorities recently sent an expedition in search of them on the steamer Hertha.

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A POLAR EXPEDITION, Issue 15656, 21 November 1914

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A POLAR EXPEDITION Issue 15656, 21 November 1914

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