National Geographic : 1922 Jun
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE V iarris ana lrwing THE PEARY MEMORIAL UNVEILED BY THE EXPLORER'S DAUGHTER On one of the several expeditions to the Far North when Mrs. Peary accompanied her husband, Marie Ahnighito Peary, affectionately known to the American public as the Snow Baby (now Mrs. Edward Stafford), was born, within the Arctic Circle and nearer the North Pole than any other white child. Her brother, Robert E. Peary, Jr., stands at her left. All the continents are carved in low relief on the granite globe (see page 646). neers. The fiery French imagination from one side and Anglo-Saxon firmness from the other were blended in a tem perament well suited for his great work. "On the island, which he owned, Eagle Island in Casco Bay, with its rugged coast, his famous ship Roosevelt was planned. It is a great satisfaction to this country to feel that this Arctic expedi tion, together with the ship, was Amer ican. The Roosevelt was built of Amer ican timber and metal, in an American ship-yard, engineered by an American firm, and constructed on American design. Even the most trivial items of supplies were American, although Captain 'Bob' Bartlett and the crew were Newfound landers, our next-door neighbors. "The ship was built with a knowledge of the requirements of Arctic navigation gained by experience of six former voy ages into the frozen North. So the expe dition went north in an American-built ship, by the American route, and in com- mand of an American, to win an Amer ican trophy. "Peary tells us, 'I have always been proud that I was born an American, but never so proud as when in that biting, sunlit Arctic day I saw the Stars and Stripes waving at the apex of the earth and told myself that an American had set "Old Glory" there. As I watched it flut tering in the crisp air of the Pole, I thought of the twenty-three years of my own life which had been spent in laboring toward that goal, and realized that at last I had made good; that I could now lay at the feet of my country a trophy which the greatest nations of the world had been struggling to attain for nearly four hun dred years.' "At this time Peary would not like us to forget the splendid aid of the twenty one brave and patriotic men who com posed the personnel of the expedition. Foremost was Captain Robert A. Bartlett, 'Captain Bob,' as he was affectionately 644 n 4~.