July 20, 1912: A Birthday Feed at Inexpressible Island

–from Raymond Priestley’s book “Antarctic Adventure”–

“July 20, being my birthday, was celebrated with an extra feed and a concert in the evening.  I served out another stick of chocolate, six lumps of sugar, and twenty-five raisins per man, and once again we turned in very well satisfied with ourselves and looking forward to the next anniversary.  As the birthday fell on my messday, Campbell, Levick, and Browning took over my duties, and I spent the day luxuriously in my bag, sleeping, reading, and talking.  At noon this day there was a perfectly glorious sky to the north, and it was plain that our dark days were over.”

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