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Truth and Lies In Polar Exploration

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When Commander Robert Peary, newly returned from a dash toward the North Pole, lectured at the Village Hall in Norfolk, Conn., in February 1907, a crowd of 600 filled the building to overflowing. 

“A tall man, with a large frame and a pleasing manner of address,” according to the town paper, he had turned back within 3 degrees of his goal: “’I looked around at the drawn faces of my companions and at the skeleton dogs, and feeling that the limit of human and canine endurance had been reached, started back for the ship.’”

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