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TESTIMONY FROM MATT HENSON
We have received the following letter and a statement from the negro who accompanied Commander Peary to the Pole:
I saw recently a statement that I had turned against Commander Peary. That is all newspaper talk. All I ever told the reporter was that the twelve pictures I had, Mr. Peary did not want me to use. I think I ought to have a chance to make a living. That was every word except this copy which I am sending you of what I did say in black and white, and if you or any one else call that turning against anyone I don't know how to start about it. I hope you will know all that I have said about Mr. Peary. MATTHEW A. HENSON.
The gist of Henson's statement is as follows:
"Peary has his proofs and they are in such shape that the most skeptical scientists will be thoroughly convinced. His data are in excellent shape and will leave no doubt in the mind of anyone.
Peary did reach the North Pole. I was with him and knew the hardships endured, the determination of the leader, the discouragements that faced him the hope of success which spurred him on, and the final exultation when he stood at the point where there was no north.
Had Peary not reached the North Pole, he would be in the Arctic to-day, for his expedition was fully equipped to spend a year or two longer in the north. Peary was determined to win and nothing short of impending starvation would have induced him to turn south again. He did turn south, but not until he had reached the North Pole."
Matthew A. Henson, 1910