National Geographic : 1911 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE ered. But they named the wrong man; and, as I had heard something of his alleged mountain eering exploits in Alaska, I declined to send back a message of congratula tion. But about a week afterwards I got another ; message, telling me that Peary had discovered the Pole, and I said, . "That is genuine. I will bank on Peary." SoI sent out my message of congratulation; and I told the people who were with me then to watch and they would find that the National Geographic Society would look into that business and declare for Peary. I was rarely more pleased than when I found that that was just what the Society had done. For that rea son alone I should cer tainly have come here to make my first report upon the expedition. I spent several months in this East African re gion, going north, where the table-land sank lower and lower until we got to the dry, hot desert country of the Guaso Nyero, an equatorial river. Then we went across Victoria Nyanza into the low-lying very fertile and very un healthy central African region, Uganda. In East Photo by Kermit Roosevelt. Copyright by Charles Scribner's Sons Africa the natives were TWO N'JIEMPSI CATTLE HERDS: THE SMALL BOYS ALL CARRY pure savages, ranging SPEARS: NEAR BARINGO from the mere hunter tribe type, the so-called cided with that of the National Geo- 'Ndorobo of the mountain forests, to graphic Society. I was camped on the pastoral and agricultural tribes who live foothills of Mount Kenia when a special out in the plains or on the forest border. message was sent up by relays of runners There were wide differences among these to tell me that the Pole had been discov- tribes, some of them very significant.