The Greely Arctic Expedition; As Fully Narrated by Lieut. Greely, U.S.A., and Other Survivors
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...' CRAZED BY STAR[VATION0l Mons or THE Sacnrrrs or THE CAMP on SMI'rH's SOUND. Among the many sensational reports given to the public, some have been verified whilst others will be investigated. The New York Times was conspicuous in this respect. We here give an extract from that paper: " Until the death of Surgeon Pavy, of the Greely party, which occurred at the rapidly depopulated camp on June 6, three weeks before rescue came, the flesh cut from most of the dead bodies for use by the survivors as food and 62 THE GREELY ARCTIC EXPEDITION. bait was removed by a hand skilled in dissection. A few of the bodies had the fleshy portions cutaway entire. But with the majority the work had been so well done that a casual observer would' not have suspected without further evidence, of which there'was plenty, however, that the survivors had been reduced to cannibalism, and had for a long time been subsisting principally on the bodies of their dead comrades. It is not a coincidence that the body of Dr. Pavy, with those of two others who died after him, should be reported as washed away. With the Surgeon gone the scalpel could not be used. Before, the bodies had been left with little mark of the terrible work done. After his death the survivors were forced to dismember the bodies and denude them of flesh in a way that left nothing but bones. So these unfortunates were reported as buried in the ice fioe and washed away, and to the list was added Corporal Sailor, who died on June 3, and Sergeant Rice, who died on April 9. "On most'of the bodies an incision was made from the clavicle downward below the ribs. The scalpel was then passed along under the skin, and the flap was carefully laid back on either side. The...
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