December 19, 1911: Amundsen starts for home

From his account, ‘To the South Pole’

“On December 19 we killed the first dog on the homeward trip.  This was Lasse, my own favorite dog.  He had worn himself out completely, and was no longer worth anything.  He was divided into fifteen portions, as nearly equal as possible, and given to his companions.  They had now learnt to set great store by fresh meat, and it is certain that the extra feeds, like this one, that took place from time to time on the way home, had no smal share in the remarkably successful result.  They seemed to benefit by these meals of fresh meat for several days afterwards, and worked much more easily.”

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