Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, February 28, 1915: “We have only four dogs left.

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail”–

“February 28th brought forth a beautiful clear day and a lovely following wind from the south-east. Sail was set, which helps considerably. As the sledge requires very little pulling, took the dogs out of harness and let them follow the sledge. After lunch I found three of the dogs were so weak that I felt a painless death would be human. In the afternoon put in a good mileage, the surface being excellent for travelling.

“We have only four dogs left. I gave them double rations. They have lost their appetites; when I went out later only a small portion of their food had been touched.”

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