National Geographic : 1898 Mar
GEOGRAPHIC NAMES IN WEST GREENLAND to San Francisco he was ill and did not immediately report the matter. Mrs Sullivan has since examined the picture of Andree's balloon and says it represents the object seen. The president Geographical Society of the Pacific here instituted inquiries that have resulted as above." The locality described is very near Quesnelle lake. While British Columbia is in the opposite direction to that in which Herr Andree's balloon is believed by Arctic explorers to have been borne, it is by no means an impossibility that it was carried in that direction, and the approximate date, August 4-7, at which a balloon is alleged to have been seen in that region would be just about the expiration of the time that it is believed Herr Andree's balloon would remain in the air. The physical features and conditions of British Columbia are such as to render it abso lutely impossible to prosecute any search for traces of the al leged aerial visitant at this season of the year. Meanwhile the consensus of opinion is that Andree, if alive, is much more likely to be in Franz Josef Land, north Siberia, north or east Green land, or Spitzbergen, and his safe return seems to depend largely on some fortunate accident that would lead to his being picked up by a whaler. J. H. GEOGRAPHIC NAMES IN WEST GREENLAND In his article in this magazine (vol. ix, pp. 1-11) Mr Robert Stein gives 46 new names to capes, bays, mountains, glaciers, etc., chiefly in honor of the " advocates of a National University at Washington." Most of these points were merely seen from a distance and most of them have already been explored and mapped, and some of them have been visited by at least two parties, each of which applied as few names as possible. The plan adopted by Mr Stein is not uncommon in " geographic ex ploration," though it is difficult to understand the importance of such work. Doubtless the Danes will feel fully justified in ignoring the nomenclature, which is burdensome, needless, and meaningless. My chief object in this note is to call attention to the fact that in the promiscuous naming of things, the Wyckoffglacier,* one of the five names that I applied to this region, is ignored and re placed by the name Hearst. My belief is that names of places * Bull. Geol. Soc. America, vol. viii, 1897, p. 257.