National Geographic : 1989 Jan
Matthew Henson. I remember vividly his visit to Francis Junior High School in Washington, D. C. Mr. Henson, in full Eskimo regalia, spoke to the student body about the exciting and dangerous experiences that he and Robert E. Peary encountered in their search for the Pole. LAURA E. CLAYTON Brooklyn, New York I was disappointed that you chose to tell only the stories of Peary's and Henson's Eskimo descen dants. I would like to have known more about Peary's wife, Josephine, and their children, and about Henson's legitimate offspring. I think there is another possible explanation for Peary's subdued reaction at the Pole. How of ten does one find that the dream attained falls short of the expectation. The statement from his diary, "I wish Jo could be here with me to share my feelings. I have drunk her health and that of the kids," may be more telling than all the blank pages. It may have been a very bitter drink in deed if he suddenly realized that he had sacrificed the best years of his life, the years when his wife and children most needed him, for the sake of finding a bunch of ice at the top of the world. PEGGY S. BOLLES Downey, California Henson and his wife, Lucy, had no children.