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532 The National Geographic Magazine the violent supporters of the rival claimant, but not once did it swerve from its loyalty to Peary. And the National Geographic Soci ety was the first of all the geographical and scientific societies of the world to honor Peary for his dis covery of the North Pole by presenting to him on the 15th of December, 1909, a Special Gold Medal, four inches in diameter, for that discovery. Atthetimeofmyfa Sther's death in February, S1920, The Society relieved my stricken mother of all details connected with the funeral and later erected on his grave in Arlington Na .... tional Cemetery the beau tiful granite globe of the world, with the continents in relief and a bronze star marking the North Pole.* Always The Society has stood firmly behind Peary and everything pertaining to him and his achieve ments. Most impressive of all has been the warm per sonal friendship existing be tween my parents and the succeeding presidents of The Society, beginning with Gardiner Greene Hubbard and continuing through Alexander Graham Bell and Henry Gannett to Gilbert Grosvenor, president for the Admiral Robert E. Peary past 55 years. Bundled in a Flag, "Snowbaby" Takes Her First Outing Therefore, it has seemed The author was born in Greenland high above the Arctic Circle. Eskimos right and fitting that this promptly nicknamed her Ah-poo Mickaninny, meaning "Snowbaby." Here honored flag should find its Mrs. Peary takes her flag-wrapped 6-weeks-old daughter outdoors just before the sun disappeared for the winter of 1893. last resting place in the Explorers Hall of the Na In 1909, when the unfortunate controversy tional Geographic Society in Washington, in arose concerning the discovery of the North dignified and reverent surroundings, and at a Pole, it was the National Geographic Society time when my mother is still alive and when which had the courage of its convictions and Dr. Gilbert Grosvenor, as Chairman of the volunteered to examine my father's observa- Board of Trustees, is still active in the execu tions and records and pass judgment upon tive affairs of The Society. them. The favorable verdict laid The Society * See "Memorial to Peary," NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC open to a storm of invective and abuse from MAGAZINE, June, 1922.