–from Thomas Orde Lees’ diary–
“10 March. Marston, Crean, Macklin and McIlroy have been out all morning training the dogs, who are now pulling well. It is wonderful how instinctively they seem to know their work after such a long interval of idleness. It is interesting to watch them. The leaders of teams are soon picked out from the others by their superior intelligence.
“Sir Ernest at once divined the cause [of a failure of the motorized sledges at the time on trial on the sea ice], with a surprising perspicacity considering his lack of mechanical knowledge. When he said, ‘You are throwing the load on to the engine too suddenly,’ he hit the mark with wonderful accuracy.”