National Geographic : 1933 Aug
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE © London Times-Courtesy Gaumont-British Picture Corp. A REMNANT OF MOGUL SPLENDOR GREETS THE EXPEDITION Elephants with brocaded fabrics, jeweled anklets, pulling a silver carriage studded with precious stones, appeared in a circuslike procession to honor the explorers. This is the equipage of the Maharaja of Darbhanga. Now we were over the spurs and Everest, and now over the very peak of Makalu and the tangled ranges, yet untrodden, to the southeast. THE GREATEST ANXIETY-AND TRIUMPH Soon enough our time was finished. We could not linger; so regretfully we had to turn southward once again. Soon our rud der was silhouetted against the snowy pyra mid of Makalu, the great gorges of the Arun opened out to the east of us, and we flew soberly to our landing field. Now came our greatest anxiety. We had risked all to make the survey photographs a success, and any one of a hundred mischances might have sent them awry. No cameras had ever before been asked to operate in those torrid heats and depths of cold, running unlubricated and never free from the impalpable, all-pervad ing dust of the plains. I tore off my mask in the air, then my gloves and helmet, and unfastened the in numerable wires of my electric harness be fore the wheels touched the familiar green turf of Lalbalu. An anxious hour followed, as the skilled fingers of leading Aircrafts man D. H. Fraser worked in complete dark ness. We snatched at the great 40-foot film. All was well; our task was done. The Eagle cameras were victorious. Mount Everest had fallen to the assaults of science.