Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, January 24, 1916: “I put the party on half rations. . . .”

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

“January 245th, Monday. Blizzard continued all night. Up at 5 o’clock. Richy dug the dogs out. I put the party on half rations, as the blizzard may continue for some time. Examined Mack’s knee; it is blue; cannot understand how a sprain should remain so long; of course, it requires rest. Massaged it which made it much easier. What a pity he did not take advantage and lay up with the Padre!”

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