National Geographic : 1924 Mar
©Herbert G.Ponting SITTING BEFORE A BLUBBER STOVE IN THE ANTARCTIC The fat of seals is the fuel used in this type of stove. Here Captain Oates and Cecil Meares, of theScott Expedition, arecooking bran-mashes for the ponies. It was Oates who, on the homeward march from the Pole, plunged into the blizzard rather than handicap theScott party further with his frostbitten feet. In the notes found with the bodies of Captain Scott and his party the leader wrote: "We knew that poor Oates was walking tohis death, but though we tried to dissuade him, we knew it was the act of a brave man and an English gentleman."