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Thinks It Incredible That the Aeronauts' Bodies Could Have Been Where Found.


Explorer Appeals to the Swedish People for Funds to Equip an Expedition.


General Greely Thinks There Should Be No Difficulty in Establishing the Identity of the Bodies.

MALMO, SWEDEN, SATURDAY.--The brother of Professor Andrée, the missing balloonist, who tried to cross the Arctic regions, does not believe the report coming from Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, that the bodies of Andrée and his companions and the car of the balloon in which he left Danes Island, of the Spitzbergen group. On July 11, 1897, have been found between Kemo and Pit, in the province of Veniseisk.

He says that the locality is cultivated and that it appears incredible that the corpses and the car of the balloon could have been there a year and a half without having been seen before this. Furthermore, Andrée's brother points out, in stormy weather the bodies would almost certainly have been separated from the wreck of the balloon.

Professor Nathorst Appeals for Funds to Organize Andrée Searching Party.

LONDON, Saturday.--Professor Nathorst, a Polar explorer, has issued an appeal to the Swedish people for funds to equip an expedition to East Greenland the coming summer to search for Professor Andrée, the missing balloonist, and engage in scientific explorations. The party will consist of twenty-five persons and will be absent four months. The cost of the expedition is estimated at 70,000 crowns.


Awaits Investigation Before Expressing Opinion on Alleged Andrée Discovery.


WASHINGTON, D. C., Saturday.--General A. W. Greely, chief signal officer of the army, when the despatch relating to the reported discovery of the bodies of Andree and his companions was shown to him, said there had been so many similar reports that it was hard to give an opinion as to its authenticity before further investigation.

He said, however, that if, as alleged in the present story, the bodies were surrounded by scientific instruments and the cabin was built of wreckage from the explorers' outfit, there should be no trouble in establishing the identity of the bodies, whosoever they might be.

General Greely addressed the Geographical Congress in London almost two years ago, shortly before Andrée started, speaking by request particularly on the hazards and possibilities of the expedition. Andrée was present ILLEGIBLE AND TRAILS OFF.....


Drawing of balloon with two men working. Links to larger version with more extensive description.


A distinctive feature of the Eagle was a strong guide rope, intended to keep the balloon at a uniform height. It also served as a keel to the air ship, which was provided with three sails. The balloon had a capacity of 170,000 cubic feet and was 67 1/4 feet in diameter. Its basket, or car was only seven feet in diameter and five feet in depth. Above this was the observatory. In the observatory were the sextants, glasses and other instruments. A stove was suspended twenty-five feet below the car, and was for cooking only.



Reproduced with permission: L.L. Dyche, Explorations (Newspaper Clippings Related to Polar Exploration), Vol. 1 & 2. University Archives, Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries, Lawrence, KS.


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Original Source:

New York Herald, New York NY, Feb. 12, 1899

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Patrick Harper
University of Kansas

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Patrick Harper
University of Kansas.

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