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Proposed Balloon Voyage to the Pole

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DURING the last century many expeditions to the North Pole have been undertaken, but with no result so far as reaching it is concerned. Baron Norden-skiöld, the great Arctic explorer, has made four expeditions to Spitzbergen, and two to Nova Zemlia and Greenland, besides having taken part in the celebrated voyage of the Vega. In all explorations both he and others have found the icebergs the chief obstacle; and it may be said that Arctic explorers are now almost all unanimously convinced that the Pole can never be reached in steamer or sledge. Attempts on foot have likewise failed, for the odistance of about ten miles has never been exceeded, owing to the great difficulties and dangers.

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