The Arctic Expeditions of 1894


IT is not easy to speak definitely regarding the various Arctic Expeditions which will be in the field this year, for several of the most loudly advertised ventures have collapsed or been postponed, and it is possible that some quiet and determined explorers may set out without calling public attention to their plans. There is undoubtedly to be keen rivalry in the North Polar basin for several years to come, and even an incomplete forecast of the projected work may serve to direct notice to the regions whence good results in the way of Arctic discovery may be looked for. It is unnecessary to insist in the pages of NATURE, however needful the caution may be to the general public, that no credit for Arctic exploration can be given until the intending explorer, returns, bringing with him proofs of his achievements which will bear the keenest criticism of experts.

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