–from Tryggve Gran’s account The Norwegian with Scott—
“17 November. Back to ‘One Ton Camp’. The bad weather disappeared yesterday and we had a pleasant march. The going was soft and we used our skis, which went well–just like home for once. I am using Scott’s skis; they at any rate will complete the 3,000-km trail.
“We overhauled the sledges tonight before striking camp and, as a result, Williamson and I discovered by pure chance, among the things we were going to dump, a bag containing the letter from Amundsen to King Haakon. Scott had found it in his tent at the Pole.
“I have been able to read a little more of Scott’s diary. for 15 January he writes: ‘It’s wonderful to think that 2 long marches would find us at the Pole. We left our depot today with nine days’ provisions, so that it ought to be a certain thing now, and the only appalling possibility the sight of the Norwegian flag forestalling ours.’ The following day Scott continues: ‘The worst has happened, or neary the worst. About the second hour of the march Bowers’ sharp eyes detected what he thought was a cairn. . . . Half an hour later he detected a black speck ahead.’ Scott now realized it could not be a natural snow feature. ‘We marched on, found that it was a black flag tied to a sledge bearer; nearby the remains of a camp. This told the whole story. The Norwegians have forestalled us and are first at the Pole. It is a terrible disappointment, and I am very sorry for my loyal companions. . . .all the day dreams must go. . . .'”