National Geographic : 1900 Jun
GEOGRAPHIC MISCELLANEA been laid between Cebu and Leyte. The Signal Corps is making the connec tions by cable as short as possible, as the frequent earthquakes play havoc with submarine lines. THE grip of the bubonic plague on every continent has tightened. In San Francisco six deaths from the disease have occurred and the board of health has officially proclaimed its existence in the city. Effective quarantine of Chinatown and inoculation will probably prevent a further invasion of the United States. In India the difficulty of dealing with the disease has been greatly increased by a protest of the Mohammedan population in Bombay JIAURTIUS. S " FR&E/VIANTLE, SYTOe. AU/CKLAND4. Z BUEN MELBORNE. THE EXTENT OF THE BUBONIC PLAGUE By courtesy of the New York Herald against the precautionary measures being taken by the Indian Government. At Manila, Philippine Islands; Osaka, Japan; Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, Australia, and Auckland, New Zealand, many fatal cases have occurred. At each of these cities infected rats were found on the wharves. On the southeast coast of Africa, in Mauritius, at Suakin, on the Red Sea, at Cairo, at Port Said, at the northern end of the Suez Canal, and at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the dis ease is also planted. FROM St Petersburg to Vladivostok by way of the Arctic Ocean is the plan of itinerary of an exploring party that early in June leaves the former city on the steamer Aurora. Six scientists and twelve sailors, all experienced in Arctic travel and led by Baron Toll, make up the party. Their special object is the careful exploration of the Arctic regions north of Siberia. After a brief stop at Tromso, Norway, and at the new Russian port of Catherine Harbor, on the Lapland coast, they will proceed to the Taimur Peninsula, west of the Yenisei River, and there establish their winter headquarters. The neighboring terri tory is to be explored during the winter of 1900-'01. On the breaking ip of the ice, about August, 1901, they plan to push on to Sannikoff Land, discov ered by Baron Toll in 1886 and as yet unexplored, and later farther northward to Bennett and De Long Islands, following the routes of the Jeannette in 1881 and of the Fram. The winter of 1901-'02 will be devoted to determining whether this group of islands extends to the Pole. When the water route reopens in 1902 they will resume their voyage to Bering Strait and reach Vladivostok in the fall of the same year.