Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, December 05, 1909, EDITORIAL, Image 9

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unday Bee.
sinous corY five cents.
New Comfortable
There Isn't slipper want we cannot supply, either in men's or
women's styles. Slippers that are easy and affording comforting relax
at ion. Immense Christmas stocks.
Man's Overs nipvars In tan. brown,
re-d and blank viol, patent trimmed,
flexible soles, lake 'ut one
at fUl, 9130, $3.00
Kan's XTaratt Blippers In brown
and black vlcl and patent leather,
like cut two 91.00, 11B9, 91-60
Same atyla In alligator, 76c.
Cavalier Boot, Ilka cut three, brown,
rad and black vlel, patent trimmed,
St 93.85
No Uncertainty About Linens as Gifts
Bennett's linens are dependable kinds. Fancy and staple lines im
ported by us specially to meet the holiday demand. Don't let the last
few days catch yon unprovided; make purchases now, assortments are
best today.
We shall show tomorrow two
lots of beautiful embroidered,
drawn and hemstitched pieces such
as shams, centers, scarfs and lunch
cloths. They are all choice, new
goods, and at a third under value.
76c pieces . . .49$
$1.50 pieces ..98
Christmas Baskets
Hewing Stand Satin IVYork Basket Covered I Scrap Baskets New
lined or plain, worth assorted patterns. styles that are worth
$6.85. for ..$4.85l worth $1.75 ...08H H-85. for ..$1.25
Be Early for Christmas Handkerchiefs
Women's linen hemitltched Handker
chiefs at 80
Women's linen Initial Handkerchiefs
at 6
Women's colored Crossbar Handker
chiefs at 60
Womeu- Swiss embroidered Handker
chiefs st 10o
KlorHt linen Initial Handkerchiefs lOo
Men's Japanette Initiul Handkerr
09 'Biojqa
Men's linen Initial Handkerchiefs 10o
Women's embroidered edgo Handker
chiefs at "71
Belief for Head. Made Top Heavy by
' Fashion.
hfiampoos with Uwllu, Corn Meal
' end Hot Towels Jast Snavea
tlvas of Waves . Christmas
. Urtde'a t'olffare.
' I've been spending two hours upon the
hair of a Christmas bride.. Her Intended
told her that her locks were sun kissed,
and now I've got to spend two hours a
day upon them to keep them shining. It
costs her a pretty penney and me any
amount of anxiety.
"I am giving the hair a new sort of
touch,' the hnir specialist went on. "The
fcocltty woman found herself heavy laden
this autumn. She had already a weight
of puffs and braids upon her head; she
hud a rat. a set of combs and In soma
rases an actual chlgr.on. Then, to all
this, was added a havy Russian turban or
toque. The poor woman, with all thl on
top of her head, found herself brain weary.
And of course she came to me fur relief.
My pompadour treatment Is the most
successful thing in vogue now. The rat
Is thrown away and the hair U treated
until no rat Is needed. Each Individual
hair 1 made to stand on end. The hairs
are brought out separately ' until they
support themselves In such a way that they
rvciuire no rut underneath.
"The treatment Is rather difficult and
I don't advise an amateur to attempt It
"txfthout a professional hair dresser to
help her the first time. The hair la tak.n
down, shaken out and wet with gasolene.
It dries quickly and can then) be put up.
It will be found free from grease and
quite without dust
'It is a very quick way of shampooing
the hair. We call it the poinpudous sham
poo in London. Of course it nui.l not be
done at night. And by advice of an ear
specialist I always stop the ears of the
patent with cotton.
"I use very little gasolene and I put It
iui as carefully as though I were dropping
onion juice Into a salad dressing. It tal.-s
just a few drops and that Is all.
"in the pompadous shampoo, while I am
making each Individual hair stand on end,
I aro careful to Include the cornmeal brush
ing. A coarse, cheap grade of cornmeai is
scattered through the hair, and the hair Is
then pinned in a light little wad on top of
the head and allowed to rest five, minutes.
I It Is then taken down, shaken out and the
i meal U brushed out of it. It U astonishing
to see how easily the hair can be made
fluffy la this way.
"The hair must get its soap and water
shampoo ooce a month, and the soap must
be washed out with a very cloudburst of
hot water. The water should be as hot as
N Is comfortable, but It Is never a good
VtUIng to scald the scalp,
i Then comas the waving procosa for the
pompadour, which, while worn plain In a
few Cas must We vaved la most In
Christmas Slippers
AVe illustrate fonr leading styles.
Man's Bomioi, black and brown, elas
tic sides, like cut four, flexible
aolcs, pair SI. 50
Women's Pelt Juliets, rod, brown,
gray, black, fur trimmed . . . .91-39
Boudoir Slippers, black, red, brown,
with silk pon pon 91-00
Women's Felt Slippers 91.25
Foot warmers 91-00
Table Linens
We feature for Monday these
gift suggestions:
Table Damask Sets Cloth, 2x2 M
yards, and 1 dozen 20-inch nap
kins to .match; handsome $7.50
Sets, at $5.98
70-inch Satin Damask Extra
heavy and beautiful, all linen,
worth $1.25. yard, for ..$1.00
24-inch napkins to match; $3.75
value, dozen $3.00
Many Novelties In Imported
Baskets for Pleasing Gifts.
You recall your
resolution last year
to buy earlier next
time, don't you 7
Why wait and miss
the choicest selec
tions when the lines
are fresh and new
and crisp. We are
making it worth
while tomorrow,
with striking values
in men's and
women's handker
chiefs. Women's linen, embroidered corner.
Handkerchiefs at laVae
Women's floral linen Initial Hand
kerchiefs, 6 In box for S1.00
Women's linen hemstitched Handker
chiefs, 6 in box for 8S0
Swiss embroidered and lace edee
Handkerchiefs, box of six for...85o
Linen lace edge Handkerchiefs, box
of three for tlJ5
Men's linen Initial Handkerchief,
box of six for 65 0
Sample Handkerchiefs, pure linen,
embroidered, lace nine. Madeira and
appenzelle embroidered, each on
card, about ',i Kerulsr Tains
stances. All women are not beauties nor
young. The majority need a few soft waves
near the .face, and the wise woman who
has seen her twenty-sixth birthday will In
sist that her hair be waved.
"Waves are curious things. There are
mechanical waves, such as one sees upon
the women whose ideal heads adorn cheap
chromos. Then there are big, soft sugges
tive waves which He around the face and
soften it. These waves are of the youth
ful sort, not stiff and set, not of the un
dulating order known as the Marcel. They
are merely wave suggestions, sort of sub
conscious trend of the hair in the right di
rection. "To get this trend you must begin with
the Marcel. The hair must have Its ex
pensive waving at the hairdresser's place.
Then you miiNt go home and with a big
comb go through the waves, lifting them
and tossing them until you get just the
right stage of abandon.
"Very hot towels are used for one of the
new shampoos. Turkish towels are heated
so hot that they can scarcely be borne In
the hand. The head Is rubbed with these.
The sensation Is pleasant and the towel
rubbing in many cases Is a positively bene
ficial head massage. I keep It up until the
hair Is free from superflous oil.
"There are women who look better with
light hair. These women cannot afford to
become bleached blondes of the chemical
variety, but they can have the hair treated
until It is a shade lighter than it was
before. ,
"I take mouse brown hair and nutko it
bloom by giving It the various shampoos
of the season. The hot towel shampoo can
be used almost daily to keep the hair fluffy
and the cornmeai shampoo Is good once a
week. Soap and water Is necessary once
and a while and there is the cologne sham
poo which calls for a epray of sweetly
scented water with a thorough drying in
tho sun afterward. With these shampoos
I keep the hair a few shades brighter than
nature made it. ,
'Truly I think nature Intended hair to
be bright, but the trouble is that women
sleep in close rooms and they don't pay
enough attention to the ventilating of the
hair. This makes it heavy and darkens
it. it keeps it from flufflness and In time
alters the structure of the hair. Nothing
grays it as soon as luglect,
"I believe that the hair should be dressed
twice a day. Iu the morning It can be none
low and In the evening it can be dressed
high. If one Is going to be quite English
one can dress It low In tho afternoon and
so high In the evening that it la topheavy.
"English women are pulling the coiffure
forward until it almost rests upon the fore
head. It Is becoming if one understands
waving the back and putting In the pins.
But one mutt be pretty to wear the hair
in such a strained manner.
"We all know that the Madonna coiffure
Is here. The hair is parted and drawn down
and a few very natural looking waves are
pinched into the sides SO as to frame the
face. But there are women who positively
cannot wear this kind of coiffure, and for
these there miut be the old-fashioned but
ever-becoming pompadour. There la noth
ing that is quite as becoming as the raised
and waved pompadour, all advice to the
contrary notwithstanding. We find that
a dozen women ran wear the pompadour
where only one can wear the parted balr.
"It is the Christmas bride who causes
us most anxiety, la every case we are
Christmas Waists
Handsome plaids
and Persian silks
advance 1910 mod
els, fuller sleeves
with cuff
$10, $12 and $13.50
Low R R Rates to Omaha Corn Show. Come
Vnlon rarlflc, 1c per nviie other roads, per mile A great national exposition that attracts many thousands
of visitors to Omaha. Come and combine your holiday shopping with other pleasures. Come direct to llennett's.
We want you as our guests, Use all the comforts, privileges nnd conveniences the utore affords rest rooms,
check rooms, delivery of goods to trains, etc., etc., all f ree Bennett's is Omaha's great Christmas store. Two
blocks from corn show building.
The Christmas Sale of
Odds and End
75 pieces rich,
sparkling and ab
solutely perfect -closing
Half Price
Benneit's, Greatest of AH Holiday Book Stores
l'ractically everything In the book field of note has been covered by our Christmas preparations. Books that appeal
to all tastes and temperaments, arranged for easy choosing. Walk In and look around. . See the west's greatest exposition
of gift books. Our lines of Christmas Calendars, Holly Seals, Labels, Tags, Tissue and Ribbon are now on sale.
Books In holiday boxes,- worth $1.50
choice .49c
Six Cylinder Courtuhlp: Wanted, a Com
panion; Slim Princess; Lrfve of Arabella;
An Infinite Variety, and others.
Elslo Dlnsmore ,..39o
Five Little Peppers 25o
Hans Itrlnker . ; S5o
Helen's Babies -35c
compelled to accomplish some difficult feat.
"The bridgroom-to-be, enamoured crea
ture. Is sure to think her locks slightly
different from what they really are.
Either ho thinks them raven hued when
they are really a medium brown or he
thinks thorn fair as gold when they're
only a mud color. Then, with his flattery
fresh In her ears, the bride-to-be comes
to us and demands a miracle.
" 'Tell me if my hair is jade color.' de
manded a coming bride. 'I was told last
evening that Die glow from the light
glanced across It and made my locks a
glorious jade. Please keep them jade col
ored. "I might have told the girl that she was
sitting under a green globo, but. I fore
bore. I did suggest that she wear green
stones In her ears, and I told her to wear
a knot of green satin in her hair and a
touch of green velvet at her throat. These
things help in the scheme of things when
one is trying to fool a man.
"This girl was so determined to have jade
hair that she came daily to have her hair
brushed with powdered oatmeal, which
seemed somehow to give it a green touch.
'It need look green only In the evening,'
said she, for I never see him any other
"We. have a bride whose hair looks black.
Jet black locks are awfully becoming to
her, so we apply a very tiny touch of real
huir dye each day. It stiffens the hair and
makes It stand out. The result la a head
which needs no pompadour. But It takes
a professional to apply the dye so that it
does not show. Brunettes are difficult to
keep groomed, but blondes can be quke
reckless since their hair does not show
with the distinctness of black huir.
"Most of our brides want to have the
hull- treated so that no false hair is re
quired and we make It grow by clipping
the ends and by singeing and by mas
saging the roots with oils and by venti
lating the hair. And we keep it fluffy. In
a short time the hair responds and the
result is a nice head of hair which looks
young and takes the wave easily.
"Our Christmas brides ure pretty well
In shape, but they are nervous. They
know they have pretty hair, but they are
afraid It will not stay pretty.
" 'I can't trust my eyes,' said a Christ
mas bride. 'When I look at my hair I
can't believe It is the same old hair. You
have made It bright, glossy and so light
that I do not need a poinpadjur. Do you
think you can keep it this way until after
tho wedding ?'
"And I assured her that I could. After
the weddjng she will probably let it go to
ruin again and it will lie all dank and
heavy upon her head. But that is her busi
ness and his, aot ours!"
Joes Oat of Tkem.
A Baltimore man and his wife while on
an automobile trip, stopped at a wayside
hotel for a meal. The lady gave her order
"What's your order, sir?" asked the
waiter of the husband. The latter looked
up from the newspaper he was reading
an- replied, "Bring me a duplicate."
The waiter looked puzzled, scratched his
head and retired for a conference. lie re
turned with the announcement, "riorry, sir,
but we're juat out of duplicates. ".UaJU
iuors AUierluau, - -
f SHOP KARLY 17 More Shopping Days to J
The reputation for cut glass supremacy, which Ilennett s has acquired, has leen tre
meiidouNly augmented in this holiday exhibit and sale. Preparations for tills event have
been systematically under way for months. Planning and searching with an eye single
to make this year's sale our crowning nclilcvement. Tomorrow the entire main alnle on
the second floor will 1ms literally a maze of scintillating cut glasx. The most beautiful
cuttings that American manufacturers have ever devised. The economies resulting from
the "know how" In buying are yours.
Stephens & Williams and Austrian
Rock Crystal Glass
Worth to I98
$7.50, for . .yO-
Punch Bowls 14-inch with 12
Hherbets to .natch, magnificent
$90 set, for $4.60
Water Set Jug- t nd tumblers ex
quisite cutting, $12 value $6.98
6-Pint Jug and Tumblers Brutuus
cutting, $18 value 10.00
la-Inch Trays, Cleopatra cutting,
$18.00 value 9.76
rooted Bowls, 10-inch Beryl cut
ting. $25.00 value $14.88 1
KaffilKino Subscriptions at Club Bates
American Magazine, Good Housekeeping:
$3.00 worth for 1.49
aTAVSABS SETS your plft be one of these superb le
I.uxe Bets of world famous authors. Mont
enduring gifts and a llfo long reminder of
the giver. The entire line of forty authors
on sale at one-fourth original prices. A
few to Illustrate:
Cook's Account of His Christmas
in Santa Claua Land.
Certnlu hlrentu and Kxperlences In
. the Quest for the Pole A sour
of Travel on the Polar
Two Chrlstmases In the Arctic, 1307 and
1908, the first full of hopeful anticipations,
the last one of distress approaching de
spair, presented to Frederick A. Cook a
sharp contrast to the childhood Ideals of
Santa Claus land printed In entrancing
colors at this season of the year. His ex
periences on those two occasions from
the Introduction and the conclusion of Dr.
Cook's account of certain events In his
quest for the pole, printed in the December
number of the Circle Magazine. The ar
ticle Is an Interesting synopsis of the dash
to and from the pole.
It may be recalled, as stated in earlier
accounts, that Dr. Cook established his
winter quarters at Annootok In October,
1907. Christmas found him In the northern
Eskimo village that year. Of that etfent
and the succeeding experiences of his polar
Journoy he writes in part, as follows:
Eating was the chief form of entertain
ment. Iet no one suppose this indicates
a low state of mind. No greater compli
ment can be pajl to the far north than by
eating txtra -rations In honor of an oc
casion. We Invited three natives to Join
us nt dinner, and one of them, unconsci
ously following the custom of the day for
these Eskimos have no knowledge of
Christmas brought us twenty duck eggs,
which he threw upon the floor; they made
a noise like so many stones falling. If the
Eskimo regards the date at all. It Is as
Midnight of the Long Night, for Immedi
ately afterward the first brief gleam of
returning light heartens him once uior).
Franckc served up quite a banquet, consist
ing of roast Arctic hare, crystallized pota
toes, green peas, rice and milk, peaches
and cake the latter made by the aid of the
eider duck egss. Our guests were Puad
luna, Kudla and Koolootungwah. We let
the spirit of the day govern us. doing less.
If any work, though the only gift which I
recall was a copy of my Antarctio book
for Francke. The temperature was minus
thirty-four degrees below zero, the moon
three-quarters full.
And so passed that Christmas day. A lit
tle over two months later, on February
19, lm we began, our attack on the poie.
Our Journey took us through a valley lylr-a
between Qrlnnell Land north and 1C 1 1 ea
rner Ijind south, but there were none of
the allurements of southern valleys. The
temperature ran from C3 degrees to Si de
grees below zero, Fahrenheit The receding
walls of this shallow valley glistened In
frosty draperies and gradually softened
in a deepening purple blur that merged
with the lighter blue of the morning sky.
As we advanced day after day Into the
bleak uukuowo, leaving tar behind all alti
NSpecials in Fors
Kiver Mink Scarfs,
blended, $5 $0.50
and 7.i.
Isabella opoHBum shawl
collars, tail trimmed,
S1O.0O to 812.00
Black raccoon shawl
collars $10. OO ft"1
at $12.00
Muffs $8.95 & $10
Cut Glass
Worth to O50
$4.50, f or ..y AC
Worth to
$15, for
Celery Trays, Marcla
$7.b0 value, Jt
Kappies, plain and handled, $1.50
values, for too
Garland Cruets, $4.S0 kinds, $1.75
rooted Bowls, 9-Inch: Rhodla and
Kegent Cuttings. $1$ value.. $10
Book Crystal Water Bet, nppls
and pear cutting, $26 sets. $13.60
All leather bound.
Burns, t vols
Balsac, 18 vols
Balzac. 18 vols..
Kllot. 8 vols $36.00
HQgo, 10 vols 149.50
Mulbach, 18 vols $72.00
Smallett. 6 vols $30.00
Scott, 24 vols $100.00
Shakespeare, 20 vols $90.00
Poe, 10 vols $49.00
tude, the uttermost horizon would become
a bank of Indigo rising vapourously to
meet a pale-purple sky, or it would pre
sent a wall of orange, or, again, and most
frequently, an unllftlng cloud of smokl
ness. Snow goggles of amber colored glass had
little to do with the wonderful color ef
fects. These glasses served admirably to re
duce the frightful brilliancy of snow-reflected
light enabling me to see mueli fur
ther and more clearly than with any other
device. Often through the night that or
ange band brightened the northern horizon,
but the predominant color of the polar re
gion Is blue. In most exquisite shades, al
ways changing with changes of the atmos
phere. The way ahead lay now into violet
depths, then lilac and then purple, the
colors rising like an emanation from the
frozen pack. Sometimes the sun sank into
purple haze, only to reappear Immediately
as three suns of prismatic hues, and then
settle into the sea. Into the general . color
scheme was sometimes propelled a low
block line over a pearly cloud; but this
was "water sky." Indicating open water or
very thin lee at no great distance.
Sometimes the fitful haze which so fre
quently obscured everything on the horizon
would distort the face of the midnight
sun. This phenomenon Interested me as
greatly as any which I observed. The
enormous golden disk would appear to
change Its shape, becoming a huge crater
c-f flames. It would become oval, 1U
brightness paled and Intersected with dark
lines. It would assume fantastic shapes.
But quite the most remarkable phase of
all, the exhibition Invariably, ended in the
likeness of some grotesque man or beast.
Possibly some of this was due to imagin
ation. Material objects were Inverted as In
a mirage, when mountains and strange
appearances and even the horizon danced
before us as behind a veil. As we neared
the pole my Eskimo companions, imagined
seals where seals cannot be. But I do not
recall having detected what my compan
ions actually looked to see the Tigl Shu
Big Nail raklshly pointing toward the in
visible Xonii star.
There were deeper blues upon the hori
zon as seen from the ptft, and I b Uevect
as I approached over the f.ual two de
grees tnat vision reached farther before
it failed In this baffling mystery. On the
last eager stretch the entire color scheme
changed, for the frosty wtfy became a
golden plain 'surrounded by sapphire walls,
surmount-d in turn by a glittering filigree
of gold, hut lcoklng back over the track
the walls were flaming gold, the Icy plain,
i shimmering sea of blue. All tills. In
fact and in fancy. Is the magic of the.
polar atmosphere.
The changing color effects constitute the
sum total of pleasurable experiences in
tnat far reg.on. There was nothing elsa
to stimulate thought or awaken wonder.
All eie w-j life-sapping toll. I have Just
referred to the streak of water sky. So,
even among the few beauties of the Arctic
menace stalked. That black band was re
flected by a great lead between the eighty
fourth and eighty-fifth parallels, which
cautd me at the time the greatest anxiety.
We succeeded In crossing It on th.n loe at
a narrow point, and I am Inclined to think
the lead extends entirely around ths Polar
sea ice. The polar ice is In constant mo
tion, Kuerslly in rsspvuss to prevailing
Repeating a
With Women's Suits at $25.00 or Wore
A $5.00 Silk Petticoat
The unprecedented favor with which
these offers are received tempts us to re
peat it again tomorrow. Much more at
tractive than this, however, are the won
derful low prices of the suits themselves.
We bought a thousand suits in one trans
action and saved $10.00 each on them.
This saving, too, U yours. There are no
apologies to make for any of the suits
cither. They are simply superb in style,
material, tailoring and fit. Come Monday.
We have every size and color. In all the
city no other such a suit showing Every
body can find just the style to their liking.
$25.00 Suits
$29.50 Suits
$35.00 Suits
$40.00 Suits
- 313. OO
- J325.00
- $29.50
The petticoats are In colors to
the suits, and the best $5.00 quality
can buy.
Simplex Typewriters for Christmas
The Simplex Typewriter Is not a tov.
but a practical and Instructive ma
chine that writes jierfectly. Three
"is $1-00, $3.00 aod $3.00
Cinematographs or Moving Picture
Machines, afford entertainment for
young and old; various size and
styles $1.00 to $35.00
Mechanical Torsi wonderful Inven
tions; trains, trolleys, iiutos, turnstile
engines, mountain climbers, etc., op
erated by electricity, steam or wind
up. See them in operation on 2d
Christmas Gifts
In the Hardware
Coffee Machines, raroolators and
Chafing Dishes, form on of the
strongest holiday lines of the base
ment store. We hare wide assort
ments in each Una representing the
best known makes. 4.S gifts, there
lsa't a housekeeper who wouldn't de
light in the possession of any one.
Sternan Coffee Ma
chines For a delic
ious cup of coffee,
an $8 machine tC
Is yours for. ,.
Chafing Dishes, Bter
uan's make, tl tj
. up from
Carving Bets, excel
lent S-pIece stag
handle sets, worth
$6.60 $3-91.
Nut Pick and Crack Sets, duuay.)i6e
Savory Roasters, all enameled. $2.25
kind .$1.60
Llsk Roasters up from $1.60
40 stamps with any roaster at 88c
or over.
loe Skates, Barney & Berry makes
all sizes and styles now. Up
from 65o
Pocket Knives, sample Hoe, 100 kinds,
all sizes, values to. 65c, choice.. 95o
Air duns, lb. shot free. 'Up from..78o
Blfles, Z'i calibre, all styles, $1.50 up
Boiler Skates, $1.60 sidewalk rollers,
at B8o
Boiler Skates. $3.50 ball bearing. $3.60
Boy Foot Balls, jp from 7 So
winds. The great fields of, Ice extending
out' from land also are affected by ocean
currents, tides and the winds. This latter
body of shifting Ice separated into enor
mous floes, the low temperature instantly
freezing the opening spaces of water be
tween, Is carried by these disintegrating
forces until met by the resistless swing of
movement the new Ice In the leads Is
the polar ice cap and foiced back upon
themselves and upon the land. In this
thrown up into high pressure ridges of great
blocks compacted together, hindering pro
gress and leaving for a time that great
lead. The ice of the mid-polar basin pre
sents few pressure ridges and less of the
irregularity of the land Ice. It varies In
thickness from ten to fifty feet, of which,
perhaps, twelve or fifteen reet is formed
beneath the surface within two years from
the initial freezing, the rest being formed
in process of time upon the surface. The
upper layers of old ice are not salty, as is
the ice at sea level.
Above the eighty-second parallel human
life is devoid of pleasure and of mental
or spiritual exhiluration. Life consists ol
Incessant effort noi to succumb to deatn.
An Icy wind blows always. We worked
without ceasing, during work hours, seven
days in each week. There was no lunch- I
eon, there was no diversion, there was only
an endless round of dash, stop, chop, lift,
push dush, rtop, chop, lift, push and on to
the next obstacle, perhaps twenty feet,
perhaps M)0. At the end of euch day, ex
cepting the few Just before we reached
the pole and on the entire return trip,
when we used the silk tent, we built our
snow igloo, shutting us from the start y
world and from the dadly tempest. This
took us an hour. Once wlth.n we dis
robed and slept, one man getting Into his
sleeping bag at a time for lack of rrom,
but my two Eskimos uned one bag be
tween them. Somehow we would get off
jour frozen boots and pants and thrust that
portion of the body Into the sleeping bag,
a piece of bricklike pemmlcan between the
teeth all the time. Tea Was an hour In the
mahing, and by it i help we dislodged the
Ice from our head coverings, removed
fur coat and inner shirt, and then the bag
closed over an unconscious form so' un
contcious that more than one death by
tcequake or hurricane was barely escaped.
Sometimes, If sleep did not immediat iy
come, the grateful warmth of new con
tact with my own skin thawed my frozen
blood, and I would lie basking in dreams
of home and the days thut lay below tlu
southern horizon.
In the morning, with heads thrust from
the bags, we reveled In u breakfast of two
cups of tea, a biscuit as big as a watch, a
fragment of frozen meat, and a half pound
of pemmlcan. Morning and night each man
drank bboul one iind one-half quarts of
wter, but nr. ie between, lireakfast over, I
tiie frozen garn.rnts weie donned, an open
ing kicked in the side of the Igloo, and we
v. i-ifc again plunging onwaid Into thj mad
dening Influence of the monotonous glitter.
But above every other feeling, excepting
that of loneliness, was that of coldness.
There mas no escape from It. The very
stars were points of down-hanging Icicles.
Cold and not heat became the terror of
eternal punishment. The rays of the sun
smote through closed eyelids with unbear
able pain, but their heat could scarcely be
felt. It was mercifully Impossible to per
spire, until toward, the last when physical
safffszta i
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weakness reached the stage where the body
would not contain Its moisture, but oozed
It from every pore, to be instantly turned
to frost. Befors that the slightly warmer
portion of the body the waist line, wrists,
and below the knee, where foxtails were
worn for greater protection were marked
by rings of snow. The chronic squint of
thi eyes reduced the pupils to pinholes, and
the steady blast of Icy particles forced
bitter drops that congealed as soon as
freed. The vapor of the breath dropped Into
my beard and rose to the eyelashes, which
became solil. It Is to prevent this torture
that the Eskimos pull all facial hairs out
by the roots, though they grow their hair
long so as to cover the face with It at times
of extreme need. But our breath even
floated before us and became a crystal
mask, extending to the foxtails worn about
the hood to shield the face.
The unremitting agony of the daily
routine was frequently Increased tenfold by
ths terrifying storms that sweep the Icy
plains. Blinding snow, cutting frost, and a
blast that seems to pierce through every
pore are the accompaniments. Even the
dogs In their weatherproof pelts howl and
rebel, and In more than one instance we
dug them from the drift that hid them, a
mass held completely by bonds of Ice. The,
temperature rises during such storms, but
falls swiftly afterward.
On April 21, 1KSP as stated In my dis
patches, we reached the polo.
Two days later begun the Journey back
to civilization. I can scarcely say if my
elation had entirely pussed, but I know mv
ambition, my interest, my strength hud.
And if ever these were needed they wera
upon this race with the Arctic night.
The night won. Christmas day, 1H0.8, found
us far from our destination, In tho immer
riest circumstances civilized mun can well
I cannot conceive of a more miserable
ChristmuM-. Certainly it was the mott
wretched I had ever passed, and I hops
never to duplicate it. Our hut, mostly un
derground and composed of stones and
bones and waste ends, was uncomfortable
in the extreme. We were wholly without
civilized food, " depending upon mubk ox
and beer meat, and this we obtained by
uso of primitive weapons, our ammunition
being exhausted.
Perhaps the strangest emotion I felt that
day was a longing to go abroad In the lant
with a gun over my shouhb-r. We surely
neeUd exercise, but for the ten days before
Christmas as also after we dared not
venture out Into the total darkm-sp. Vs
were in the locality of dangerous boasts,
and our hut was pulsed and repassed at
all times by bears. Our adventures duiim;
that winter Were many and intense. So we
spent Christmas, lis, like cave men. lylmr
within our earth o il, in the tiot unpli.'usaul
light of mut-k ox fat fed to a uio"s wick.
It was not pobMhle to talk to rny com
panions about tho day, for the Ksklnvi
knows nothing of such things and cannot
comprehend the life ways of white men.
They celebrated the arrlvul of "midnight"
by eating bear meat for a change, and f
entertained the welcome quests of mem
ory. Such, then, were my Christmas duys In
the pole country.
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