Fifty Years Below Zero - A Lifetime Of Adventure In The Far North

Fifty Years Below Zero - A Lifetime Of Adventure In The Far North

by Charles D. Brown


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FIFTY YEARS BELOW ZERO- A Lifetime of Adventure in the Far North By CHARLES D. BROWER. INTRODUCTION: ON AND off for the last half century Charlie B rower has been Uncle Sams most northerly citizen. The honor was taken for a spell by his partner an old friend Tom Gordon, who had a house three miles farther north at another time Charlie Klengenberg camped six miles beyond, towards the Pole. But Klengenberg moved to Coronation Gulf and Gordon to Demarcation Point both places farther east but also farther south. That left Brower what he had been earlier Americas most northerly pioneer. Brower is what a loyal American likes to think of as a typical American. He is what you might expect of Manhattan Island born somewhere around Twenty-third Street when that street was far uptown he is the logical development of a boy who was ad mitted to Annapolis but who left that road of gold-braided pro motion for the paths of high and free adventure on unknown seas and shores. Meet him at the City Club in New York, and you think him what in a sense he was born to be, a typical successful and genial New Yorker meet him at the Explorers Club of New York, to which he also belongs, and you will have difficulty in localizing him among that far-traveled company. For he talks Africa, and Australia of the Ballarat days, till you think him a Tropic rather than a Polar-man. I write this to introduce a book which I have read in its origi nal and rough draft, but I shall read it again with eagerness when it comes from the press in its finished and, I understand, more compact version. For if Charlie finally imparts a third of what he knows about whaling, pioneering, and about the Arctic, it will be a source-book on f rendering and high adventure if he writes with a third of his conversational zest and charm, it will be lit erature. But in any case the tale will be to me the life-story of one of my oldest and dearest friends and in subscribing myself a friend I speak for most of the explorers, whalers, traders and missionaries who have reached or passed the north tip of Alaska since 1884. I speak, too, I am sure, for many captains and officers of the U. S. Coast Guard, for reconnaissance workers of the U. S. Geological Survey, for teachers whom the U. S. Bureau of Educa tion has been pushing up toward Barrow of comparatively recent years, and for nearly everyone else who for any reason has come within reach of Charlie B rowers help and his cheer at any time during his fifty-eight years of keeping open house to all comers about three hundred and thirty miles north of the Arctic Circle, Vilhjalmur Stefansson. ILLUSTRATIONS: King of the Arctic Charles D. Brower . . . Frontispiece FACZNXS PAGE Eskimo women carrying their children piggy-back . . 38 Whaling scene 54 A whaling camp located out on the ice , 54 Old Eskimo woman enjoying her cigarette in quietude and peace 70 A Point Barrow native, smoking his home-made pipe . . 70 Eskimo kayak 86 Walrus hunting on the floating ice 102 Full-blooded Eskimo woman at right, married to a white man and her family of half-breed children 118 SL Paul, one of the Seal Islands, halfway between the Aleu tian Islands and Behring Straits 134 Tessie George, a Barrow Eskimo schoolteacher . . . .150 Typical Eskimo camp in the summer 182 Summer at Barrow, showing Mr...

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ISBN-13: 9781406705287
Publisher: Sanborn Press
Publication date: 03/15/2007
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.79(d)

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