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THE FRIENDLY ARCTIC
HEN one reads of the five years summer heat is sometimes quite op-
pressive within the Arctic Circle, its
• fuses to call it so, this was an heroic We used to hear from every adven- expedition, which carried on from 1913 turer into the "silent north" that it was to 1918. It fought against tragic odds. lonely, barren, dismal, cold, desolate, It had lost ship, men, and equipment. and cruel. But Stefansson writes with Its remnants were split by insubordinaenthusiasm of the hundreds of species tion. There were climatic conditions of Arctic flowering plants, of the ex- that even Arctic men considered severe." traordinary abundance of forms of life Despite all this, Stefansson explored in the sea, and of the tens of thousands
and mapped over 100,000 square miles of caribou in the Arctic grass lands. He of hitherto unknown polar territory. admits that to the white man the life of It would be impossible to follow the the Eskimo would be wretched, but de. narrative in detail. The object was not clares that "an Eskimo laughs as much in the least to penetrate to the North in a month as the average white man Pole. Not only has the North Pole does in a year," and that he has leisure ceased to be interesting from the mere for dancing, story-telling, and many fact that it has been discovered, but it primitive forms of enjoyment. Ex is not the most important point in the perienced Arctic explorers and travelers, Arctic. What Stefansson calls the Pole such as Peary and 'Stefansson, find that
of Inaccessibility is four hundred miles they become accustomed readily to the away from the North Pole in the direclong night of the Arctic, to the lack of tion of Alaska. It is that point which many things that they had considered
is farthest away from where the exessential, and they come to know that
plorers must leave ship to advance into much of the feeling about the Arctic
unexplored region by sledge. And that regions is because people have come to Pole of Inaccessibility was practically believe in "a north that never was," to the central point of all the Arctic area quote the title of a chapter on this gen
which remained unexplored when this eral subject.
expedition set out. The object of the Sir Robert Borden, who was Prime
expedition was to reduce this unknown Minister of Canada when the Stefansson
area and to gather knowledge about it. expedition was first planned, sums up
There is another pole which does not in his admirable Introduction to this
coincide at all with the North Pole, and volume what Stefansson really means:
that is what may be called the Cold There seems to be much truth in
Pole-that is, the point of lowest temStefansson's observation that the cold
perature. This is said to be in Asia of the Arctic deprives no
north of Irkutsk, and there the mercury either health or comfort if he under
sometimes falls to 90 degrees below zero. stands conditions, realizes necessary precautions, and, making good use of
Still another pole would be the Magnetic his common sense, governs himself Pole, which again is far distant from accordingly. But against the heat the North Pole. Enough has been said, of tropical regions it is practically perhaps, to show that the popular idea impossible to find any reasonable that Arctic exploration ends when the safeguard consistent with ordinary
North Pole is reached is absurd. activity. Those accustomed to tem
The problem of supporting life in such perate zones would probably find life within the Arctic Circle more endura
an expedition is now far different from ble and good health more assured
what it used to be. Peary, we believe, than in the average lowlands at or
was the first to advocate the idea of near the equator. In certain tropical living with the Eskimos and eating as or semi-tropical climates, northern they do. This means that in traveling European races last for no more than
long distances, instead of carrying great three generations. There is no rea
supplies of food, the food must be obson to believe that a like result would
tained as the party progresses. This, obtain in the far North. Although
again, means that the party must prac1 The Friendly Arctic By Vilhjalmur Stefans- tically live on seal meat, and, still fur
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ther, means that the party must not
go where seals do not go. Now Stefansson had long had the belief that seals went much farther under the northern ice than was supposed. He was willing to risk his life and the success of his expedition on that belief. He had before him scientific and natural history data which made him sure that his reasoning was right, that the animals upon which seals subsist would be found everywhere under the ice, and that where the food is there the seals will follow. As to being able to catch or kill seals, Stefansson and others of his men knew every trick in seal-hunting. The demonstration that this theory was correct was one of the greatest achieve. ments of the expedition. Yet it was not always true at every point; the following passage is a good illustration of Stefansson's willingness to admit a mistake when he has made one:
We have outlined the two main views of ice navigation--the bold Atlantic policy of “keep away from the land, face the ice and take your chances;" the cautious Alaska one of “hug the coast, play safe, and if you don't get there this year you may have another chance next." There were divided opinions aboard, but I was in command, and the decision and responsibility had to be mine. I decided for what a friendly person would call the bolder course. But whoever prefers to be truthful rather than kind must say I chose the wrong alternative.
After lying at Cross Island for several hours, discussing theories and plans, we hove anchor and steamed deliberately north, away from land, threading our way between the ice cakes and occasionally ramming them to break a way. "It may be safe, but I don't think so," said Hadley. Every one else seemed delighted with our adoption of what they considered the bolder and more sportsmanlike policy.
Relentless events were to prove this decision my most serious error of the whole expedition.
The total results of the arduous five years of the expedition include an enormous amount of scientific records and reports. These are so diverse and extensive that Stefansson gave up the task of trying even to summarize them in this volume. How extensive they are may be seen from the fact that the official volumes now being published by the Canadian Department of Naval Service will be between twenty and thirty in number, and that, while about fifteen of those volumes are written, or partly written, it will take several years to get the whole ready for the press.
For the most part, therefore, the volume we have before us is devoted to a personal narrative of the progress of the expedition, and of further experiences among the Eskimos such as Stefansson had already so delightfully told in his book "My Life With the Eskimos." There is a fascination about following such a narrative of adventure that many
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spread interpretation of the election, and ENTLY A SEAL, MR. STEFANSSON MIGHT HAVE LABELED THIS PHOTOGRAPH “BRINGING
we think the welcome extended throughHOME THE BACON"
out the United States to the proceedings readers find equal to the excitement of Arctic regions section by section. He
of the Washington Conference quite cona stirring romance.
has profited by experience piled upon
clusively demonstrates that such misinAs to Stefansson's personality and
experience until he knows how to terpretation does not exist. If any of
face and overcome every problem of methods of work, we cannot do better
our readers have so misinterpreted the
the North. His method of work is to election, we advise them to read this than quote at some length from the
take the white man's brains and inForeword contributed to the book by
volume, which shows quite conclusively
telligence and the white man's perDr. Gilbert Grosvenor, the President of
that a number of the most influential
sistence and will power into the the National Geographic Society:
of Republican leaders would have gladly Arctic and supplement these forces with the woodcraft, or, I should say,
voted for the Versailles League if PresiStefansson is perhaps the last of
polar-craft, of the Eskimo--the abil- dent Wilson could have been persuaded the old school, the old régime of
ity to live off the land itself, the to accept the Senate reservations. Arctic and Antarctic explorers, the
ability to use every one of the few' worker with the dog and the sledge, possibilities of those frozen regions
EDUCATIONAL among whom he easily holds a place
and concentrate on his work.
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Stefansson has not only fought and
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This is a book of facts, compactly and within the last few years. According
all that goes with them-but he has
thoroughly arranged. It would serve to my own personal impressions
fought and overcome sickness—first, admirably as a text-book. But it is also aerial flights; according to Stefans
typhoid, then pneumonia, and then a work for the general reader, so graphi. son, he would like to try his chances
pleurisy—up in those forbidding re- cally told are the problems confronting with a submarine; but whether it be
gions, and then has been obliged to the old as well as the new nations of aeroplane or submarine, it will mean
go by sled four hundred miles before the end of the old-time method, with
the world; indeed, the text-book becomes
finding the shelter of a hospital and the dog and the sledge and man
the care of a physician.
a collection of short stories dealing with trudging alongside or behind them.
the drama of existence and national What Stefansson stands for is this: “The Friendly Arctic” is certainly a
struggles. Not a line seems to have he has grasped the meaning of polar valuable addition to the literature of
been wasted in the description; not a work and has pursued his task in the Arctic exploration.
line, for that matter, could have been
spared if the vast field was to be covered THE NEW BOOKS
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THE MANAGER TAKES COUNSEL
BY NORMAN F. COLEMAN
A Century of Tested Service IN
OPULAR opinion in relation to in- formed concerning local conditions.
dustry is strongly influenced by They may, against the manager's best
the military tradition. We speak judgment, demand radical changes in of our industrial leaders as captains. policy. We see the manager in popular maga- To the manager in our Northwest zines, a strong-jawed person of com- lumber industry, with its eight-hour day manding appearance, sitting erect be- and its relatively high wage standards, hind his flat-topped desk at headquar- have come stockholders from the Middle ters. At his side is the telephone for West and the South saying: "With the transmission of orders and reports. Be- selling price of your product cut in half fore him, cap in hand and with bowed and the demand for it greatly reduced, head, at industrial attention, stands an why do you not spread your overhead employee, awaiting the captain's com- expenses over a ten-hour daily producmands.
tion? Why do you not hire men at the It is true that this picture is being lowest market rate?” Some managers
falsified by the progress of the modern have, I know, been strongly advised by IN FEBRUARY, one hundred years
industrial movement, which gives the their directors to take this course, and ago, the first trust company came
employees representation in the coun- a few have yielded. Others, more mindinto being.
cils of management; but critics of the ful of the future good of the industry
new movement still hark back to the and of the Nation, have said, "If that Before that, when a man made his military tradition, and ask if any army policy is to be followed, you must choose will, he would name a relative, or a could be led by a committee. As if an some other manager.” Generally the friend, or a business associate, to carry industrial process like the making of stockholders, having asked their quesout his wishes.
steel or the weaving of cloth were a tions and expressed their opinions, have
summer's campaign, and as if getting said to the manager: “You are on the That method had serious defects.
out a car-load of lumber were a charge job and know the men you have to work The individual may die before a will
across No Man's Land.
with. We leave the responsibility here, becomes effective, or in the most The popular picture of the captain of but we think you are following a miscritical period of the settlement of an industry may have been true twenty-five taken policy." estate. The individual may become years ago, but it is not true now. In- Second have come the employees. incapacitated. He may prove untrue stead of sitting erect and issuing confi- These make up the manager's organiza. to his trust and lacking in financial dent orders by telephone or messenger, tion. Many of them have been with him responsibility.
the manager frequently sits back in his
Most have been loyal and chair with a look of worried perplexity faithful workers. They have lately The trust company came into being
in his face as he ponders questions diffi- taken reductions in wages and suffered to fill the need for a system of trustee- cult to answer. Shall he sell his prod- through periods of shutdown. The old ship that would be above these limita
uct at prices away below cost or hold it confidence in the management and pride tions-one that would have the qualifi- in the hope that the market may soon in the operation have largely gone from cations that the individual lacked. recover? Shall he run his operation at their faces, and, instead, the manager
a loss, or shut it down and let taxes, has seen fear, discontent, and suspicion. The trust company had its birth in
insurance, and salaries of permanent "Are we not to have enough wages," America, and here it has reached its
employees eat up his resources? Shall they have asked, "to maintain our famigreatest development. Today there
he try to hold together his organization lies in decency? We have played square are more than 2,300 trust companies in and maintain his trade connection by with you. How are you playing with the United States, with banking re- forcing a market, or shall he nail up us? Are you taking advantage of our sources exceeding twelve billion dollars, doors and windows and confess himself, necessity to strengthen your power and and administering estates aggregating for a time at least, beaten?
increase your profits?" These men must in value many billions of dollars.
Faced with these difficult choices, be answered. It will do no good to dis
most operators have run along from day charge them. Sooner or later their The man who is making a will
to day doing the best they could to hold places must be filled with others like today can name a trust company their losses within tolerable limits. them, only less interested in the operaas his executor and trustee, assuring Some, working in specially favorable tion and harder to deal with; for in responsible management of his estate situations, have made a profit. The best these days discontent and suspicion and protection to his beneficiaries. of them have worried by day and by among workingmen are very widespread.
night over the increasingly difficult in- One manager I. know has met his men A Free Book About Wills dustrial situation.
in frequent conference, explaining to Frequently also the manager has them the difficulties of the market and Of what importance
taken counsel with others who are in- discussing with them ways of cutting is this century-old ser
terested with him in the industry. down production costs. In his mill a vice to you? Read the
Sometimes these have pushed into his committee of employees has been at
office, and sometimes he has invited work week by week studying the situabooklet entitled “Safe
them in. They have occupied chairs tion and preparing suggestions for the guarding Your Fam
before his desk while he has leaned for- increased efficiency of the plant and of ily's Future," which
ward to meet their challenge and to the working force. you can obtain free at answer their questions.
Another manager faced a serious loss a trust company, or by
First have come the stockholders. last spring in his operation and pro
Their expected dividends have failed. posed to reduce wages. writing to the address
The men obSome of them are in real need. All of jected, on the ground that they were below.
them desire regular and sizable returns already living on a narrow margin. The
from their investments. (I talked with manager called them together and TRUST COMPANY DIVISION
one recently who had had only one opened his accounts to them, showing AMERICAN BANKERS ASSOCIATION small dividend in ten years.) When them that he could not keep the mill FIVE NASSAU STREET, NEW YORK
these returns fail, the investors are apt running unless he could reduce the cost to be inquisitive, suspicious, and even of operation. He asked them to talk the vindictive. They are only partly in. question over among themselves and