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Arctic, Ice Axe of R. D. Saulsbury


Professor Chamberlin has sent to the Club the ice-axe used in the summer of 1895 by R. D. Saulsbury, former Professor of Geology at the University of Chicago, as a member of the Peary Relief Expedition. The previous winter and spring Peary had made one of his attempts to reach the North Pole by crossing the Greenland ice-cap from Bowdoin Bay on Inglefield Gulf. Professor Saulsbury, who was much interested in glaciers, was on the steamer which went north to bring Peary back after this attempt. The axe is 62 inches long, with the idea that it might be serviceable in spanning crevasses.