December 21, 1912: Mawson: “The outlook was darkening. . . .”

–from Douglas Mawson’s account “The Home of the Blzzard”–

“When we got under way that evening there was a moderate breeze blowing and light snow falling from an overcast sky. . .Suddenly gaping crevasses appeared dimly through the falling snow. There was nothing to do but camp, though it was only 4.30 a.m. and scarcely six miles had been covered. At the last camp we had reluctantly thrown away the rifle to lighten the burden and now were reduced to finishing off Pavlova [the weakest of the remaining dogs] with a knife–a revolting and depressing operation. The outlook was darkening. . . .”

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