National Geographic : 1899 Sep
THE RETURN OF WELLMAN able course of the hurricane were sent to all Weather Bureau stations in the West Indies from Barbados to Cuba; and as the hurricane moved westward signals were ordered and advices were telegraphed to all Weather Bureau stations in the threatened districts and to Atlantic coast and Gulf ports and there given the widest possible dissemination. In fact, the warnings foreran the storm by a period which varied from a few hours at the east ernmost Leeward islands to 36 and 48 hours at points along the South Atlantic coast and Gulf ports of the United States. That the warnings were prompt, accurate, and of almost incalculable value is universally acknowledged by owners and masters of ves sels who by holding their vessels in port avoided a hurricane which, by the evidence of disasters and reports of disasters, was one of exceptional violence. THE RETURN OF WELLMAN By J. HOWARD GORE, Professor of Mathematics and Geodesy in the Columbian University In the short article that appeared in THE NATIONAL GEO GRAPHIC MAGAZINE for July, I mentioned three obstacles that might stand in the way of Mr Wellman's success in his attempt to reach the ultimate north. From the meager accounts that have reached us it appears that all three of these hindrances were encountered: a high latitude was not reached last year, the greater part of the expedition spending the winter at or near the point of debarkation and only two members of the party advancing northward ; death carried away one of the best and strongest men and the leader himself was incapacitated by a serious accident; and, finally, a breaking up of the ice on which they were encamped caused a loss of a considerable part of the equipment. Fortunately we are assured that some important discoveries were made in the neighborhood of Freedom island; possibly this means that the four or five islands already known were more accurately located and perhaps better delineated. It is to be hoped that magnetic observations were made during their winter sojourn, and that aurora displays were carefully noted. Such a series of observations might yield an adequate return for the outlay of capital, labor, and suffering.