National Geographic : 1900 Mar
122 CANAL FROM ATLANTIC TO MEDITERRANEAN more than 5,000 feet above sea-level, we scooped a hollow in the snow, pitched a shelter tent over it, using sledges and snow-shoes as supports, and banked the whole with snow. Snow was melted and food cooked over a " Primus " oil stove, and soon afterward, with the midnight sun brightly shining, we lay down to rest-we just filled the little shelter-and the natives kept warm by stretching themselves out be tween our sleeping-bags. The next afternoon, as we started on our return, the vast expanse of the iee-cap sparkled brilliantly. In due time the ice-edge was reached. Jumping on the sledges, all hands enjoyed a royal coast to the land-level. The part of the inland ice traversed by us had never before, I believe, been traveled over by human beings. The Eskimo told us that no natives ever went there. Early on the morning of August 26, a tired party, we broke our way in the large boat through a thin coating of ice in Olriks Bay, and later on walked into our camp on the shore. We were told by our steward that Lieutenant Peary, who had been cruising about on the Diana, had visited the camp during our absence. We were picked up by the Diana August 28, near the lower nar rows of Olriks Bay. In Baffin Bay it was discovered that our coal was giving out. Fortunately, we were soon able to obtain enough from an outcropping seam on the shore of Disko Island to carry us to Battle Harbor, Labrador. There more coal was purchased, and on September 12 we landed at Sydney, Cape Bretqn, after a voyage which had been most successful, and which demonstrated the possibility of a summer hunting trip to the Arctic regions. A CANAL FROM THE ATLANTIC TO THE MEDITERRANEAN For the past twenty years the construction of a canal across the Iberian Peninsula to connect the Atlantic Ocean with the Mediter ranean Sea has been strongly advocated in France. A bill urging its construction and signed by 130 members was introduced last year into the Chamber of Deputies, and is at present being considered by the Naval Committee of the Chamber, with a prospect, says Le Tour de Monde, of a favorable report. The strategic importance to France of such a canal in case of war with England is apparent. England's presence at Gibraltar could no longer prevent France from uniting her Mediterranean and Atlantic squadrons.