Lowell Thomas interviews Matt Henson, 1939
|“The morning of April sixth I found we were in the
middle of hummock ice. I calculated about how far I had
come, and I said to myself, ‘If I’m not on the Pole,
I’ve crossed it, so I don’t have to go no further.’
...“After Peary finished making his observations,” said
Henson, “he just about collapsed. He couldn’t walk. We
had to put him on a sledge. Man, that was a march back!
Again traveling eighteen to twenty hours out of every
twenty-four. And was it cold!
The Commander says to me,
‘Matt, don’t work the Eskimos and the dogs to death.’
I says, "I know, Commander, but we got to make it."