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THE SEARCH FOR ANDREE.
Scandinavians Believe That the Explorer is Still Alive.
It is said that Baron Nordenskjold has in his dining room, at Stockholm, a photograph of the ascent of Andree's balloon and an empty space beside it to which he pointed recently, as he said to a visitor:
"A photograph of Andree's landing will be hung there, for I am firmly convinced that he will return."
His confidence is shared by Nansen and most other Scandinavians who have had experience in the Arctic regions, and it is not surprising, therefore, to hear that they propose this season to continue their quest for the intrepid aeronaut. The leading search party will be under the command of Professor Nathorst, who thinks it likely that Andree and his two companions, Strindberg and Frankel, reached the coast of East Greenland and are still alive in that region, where they may be subsisting on musk oxen and other animals to be found there.
The Professor will accordingly start in June next and try to force a passage through the ice barrier to the East Greenland coast. If Andree is there and was able to push on to Angmagsalik in 66 degrees north latitude, he is all right, for there is a Danish station at that point among the most northern Eskimos of the east coast, and the supply ship would bring Andree home when she makes her annual visit next summer. So Nathorst will not visit that part of the coast, but will push much farther north, to Cape Bismarck if possible, and if he finds no trace of Andree there he proposes to go further north by sledge. The coast between Cape Bismark and Independence Bay has not been explored, and if the Professor has occasion to make the proposed sledge journey he will have a fine opportunity to fill in a long stretch of Greenland's outline that is still unknown.
Mr. Hammer, a merchant of Christiania, is equipping, at his own expense, the steam whaler Recla for the journey, and money is now raising in Sweden for the other expenses of the expedition. Nathorst may find it necessary to winter in Greenland, as the difficult navigation in the ice-choked coast waters may prevent the return of his vessel this season.
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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