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THE ARCTIC EXPEDITION.
| tinctly, at which, according to the previously Tue following “ Observations on the missing understood intentions of Sir John Franklin, a ships of the Arctic Expedition, under Sir John deposit of records of his past proceedings might Franklin, with some propositions and considera- have been expected, as well as information as to tions for their relief and extrication from the ice, his condition at that moment, and his future plans! by an old officer of rank in the Royal Navy,” have The heads of Wellington Channel were, one or been published in London in a pamphlet form. We all of them, or Cape Walker, sure points where
to find the records of the missing ships. Had copy it, with the feeling that the remarks it contains will be interesting, and perhaps useful, in Cape Walker, then, been visited by the searching this country.—Boston Daily Advertiser.
ships, or by a walking party from them, it is not
too much to say it would have been easy to trace The season of this year is over and gone; the Sir John Franklin's course. If a record were ships of search, have returned to our shores, but found, you would require no more; if it were not, they bring not any tidings of Sir John Franklin it would still guide the search, and you would or his gallant men ! This is a disastrous event- know he had not been there, but had gone in some disappointing to all, but almost death to those other direction. So important a point is Cape whose affections are bound up in the fate of those Walker, under all these considerations, that it is devoted navigators. Five long years, at England's an indescribable misfortune that it was not examcommand, have these, her sons, braved unnatural ined ; and so wonderful and incomprehensible does hardships, privations, and dangers, for England's this misfortune appear, that my mind immediately fame, in a region where the deadly wind of a and strongly reverts to the idea of a hidden Prove frozen zone is cutting them in twain-where eter- idence in it. Is it, then, that Sir John Franklin nal ice surrounds them—where the earth yields no will make his way to one of the great rivers on sustenance for their famishing natures, and the the coast, and, ascending it, secure himself in the darkness of a world, unvisited by the sun, com- hunting ground, and at the fishing stations, until bines to subdue their energies, and to fill their the season of 1850 shall allow him to reach a minds and hearts with despair! What is there place of perfect safety and of European commuthat we would not be willing and anxious to do to nication? It may be so; or it may be something save them!
This is a great and grave question, better still. At all events, I would receive the involving a great moral obligation ; nay more, a untoward event as a blessing in disguise; and inhigh religious duty. The nation is, indeed, will- vite all to join in prayer to Him who ordereth all ing to a man; and it has deposited its will, and things aright, to direct and govern our future exerits power, and its means, in appointing hands to tions—to crown them with success; or, to preperform its behests. It looks to those hands for a pare us for, and to sustain us under, the pressure prompt, a judicious, and a successful employment of an adverse decree. In this spirit, our duty is of these. It will not esteem any outlay, or exer- very evident ; it is, to use all the means in our tion, for this end, however great or extensive, a power, without stint, or grudge, or prejudice ; and sacrifice or waste. It does not look upon it as a so to use these as that one precious hour may not money question; it disregards petty considera- be lost. tions, and, under the dictates of common human- As to the plan of operation, if it may be called ity and natural feeling, cries aloud for search, so, there can be but one opinion—it must be extensive, effective, comprehensive search, till the thorough and extensive ; for if one point be left lost ones are rescued, or till their fate is ascer- unguarded, it may be that very one which would tained. The cry is upon England ; and England otherwise have insured success. It has been ardoes not stand alone in the world. The eyes of gued, indeed, that it is useless to try again from many nations are upon her; their sympathies are the eastward, and that “that coast is well proaroused their nerves are braced for the race ; visioned.” And how much of it? But even had and, if she be remiss, they will win the prize, and the search in Barrows Straits been more extended, pluck the crown of glory from her brow! Where to stick down provisions here and there is not sufglory ends, shame begins. Let us look, then, ficient; there must be help also ; there must be well to our managers, and ask, What have they ships and men to receive the wanderers, who are done—what are they doing-what will they yet very likely to be in the last stage of exhaustion. do? It is enough to assert that, hitherto, their Remember the “scrapings of the buffalo hides” arrangements have been most imperfect, and the at Fort Franklin, “which had previously been result a total failure, as is too well and most pub- scraped by the Esquimaux, and discarded by them licly known. At this moment we are in utter as unfit for food!” yet, like manna in the wilderignorance of Sir John Franklin's route after 12thness did these prove to our famishing countrymen ; July, 1845, and are as utterly lost as to his probable and had there been but one living Englishman at position! We know not even where he passed the fort to receive that exhausted party, and to his first winter-a fact to have been ascertained minister to their wants, they would have worin a single season! and it is yet a more singular shipped him as a god in their distress, and might feature in the case, which should be well noted, have been excused for doing so. Surely this exthat up to this moment no one point or place has perience should teach us to guard the eastern yet been examined, visited, or even looked at dis- route; for if Sir John Franklin went northwards
and did not succeed, he will return, if he lives, whaling grounds, and thus secure their return to by the east ; and if he penetrated west, and did | England. It is considered needless to provide for not succeed, he will still return by the east. The their conduct, should they have fallen in with the true plan of search, then, is to make it from the missing ships in their track from the rivers to east, from the west, and from the south. From Melville Island. the east three ships should penetrate towards Mel- The third part of the expedition would perville Island. One of these should be a store-ship etrate eastward and northward from Bhering's only. She should carry out a full and large cargo Straits ; and this, 100, would direct its course to of provisions and fuel, and materials for boat- Melville Island, guided by their judgment and building, together with a “ Californian house." their circumstances ;--and if such a plan did not These should be landed on Melville Island, and succeed in discovering the missing ships and party, then the store-ship might return. Melville Island hopeless indeed would be all further efforts to do would thus become a central and permanent depot so. That that party is safe whilst I pen these till the service was over. Such a refuge would lines, I feel convinced ; but whereabouts, is not inspire confidence and ensure safety ; and even if easy to determine. They may be “fast” near the expeditionary ships did not afterwards require the centre between Melville Island and the three . those stores on their relurn, the money loss would great rivers of the continent; or they may have not be great.
been forced northward, and, unable to get southAs soon
as the work at Melville Island was ward again to Bhering's Straits, have gone on to safely commenced, the two ships destined to remain Russia in Asia. If the former, Sir John Frankout would proceed with the search. If they found lin will, this winter, desert his ships, and walk a record there (as they certainly would, if they over the ice to the continent; if the latter, he will had not done so previously) of Sir John Franklin, be heard of through Russia ere the spring of 1850. they would follow its clue; but if they did not It is admitted that this last supposition is an exfind this record, they would return eastward to treme one, but by no means is it an utterly imCape Walker. To this cape Sir John Franklin probable one. If we may reason upon the very was particularly ordered to repair, and from it to litle that is known upon the subject, the conclumake his way to the southward and westward. sion we must come to is, that Sir John Franklin Here, therefore, is not at Melville Island, a record will attain Bhering's Straits, or the Russian selof him would be surely found, and the proceedings ilement on the river Colville ; for, if his ships had of the searching ships would be governed by it, been fast in the ice anywhere near the longitude leaving their despatches to be picked up by the of Melville Island, in this his last year of substore-ship as she returned homewards. The prog- sistence, he would have used the last winter to ress and conrse of the two ships would depend walk to the continent, or to meet Sir James Ross ; upon circumstances. We have supposed that they or this last summer, to have done so in his boats; found a clue to Sir John Franklin's route and in- but it has been ascertained that he has not done tentions on Cape Walker, and their orders would so, though every report of that sea was, “ that it be to proceed as far west as they possibly could, was open along the coast as far as the eye could and, if stopped on their way, to make southing and reach." meet the parties from the main coast.
The equipment of the ships and parties is the The next part of the plan relates to these par- next consideration. They would, of course, be ties, of which there should be one from each of liberally supplied with every necessary to sustain the three great rivers on the main coast. Their life, and to preserve health ; and whatever could explorations should be made in boats, or on foot, be devised or suggested by the experience gained and each one of these should be ordered to make in those seas by former expeditions, should be as true a course as they possibly could for Melville granted and provided. It is needless to refer 100 Island. It is a less distance than Sir James Ross minutely to these points ; common sense and comwalked ; and, as there would be a depot there, mon feeling will ensure their being well attended and a secure refuge, no time or strength would be 10; but it may be as well to suggest that the late lost in a back journey. It is impossible but that invention of cork bedding should be largely made one or all of these parties must strike upon the available. It is soft, dry, and wholesome; is track of Sir John Franklin ; taking it for granted eradicates vermin, and is a refuge for all hands on that it was ascertained at Melville Island that he sudden emergencies of danger. It may be laid OR had not gone northward ; and at Cape Walker, the ground to sleep upon, its nature preventing the that he had gone southward and westward. And, damp or cold from affecting the person sleeping oh! what would be the value of that word which upon it; it will serve as a float or raft 10 cross a should, for good or for evil, disperse the ever- river upon—a cork mattress of eight pounds will killing uncertainty which hangs over their myste- sustain a man safely, and even dry, in water; and rious fate ? Let us suppose, then, that these par- eight such mattresses lashed together as a rast, ties have reached Melville Island. They would with oars or very small spars, will carry twenty have orders to remain there till a certain date, men ; the ticking of these mattresses should be when they could retrace their steps, or, according made of gutta percha. Of this latter article, too, to circumstances, fit up boats which would take an abundant supply should be provided of all kinds them, at the season, out of the Sound to the land thicknesses. It would best serve for sents, boats, boat-sails, shoes, clothes, and bags. It five more for returning, each man who so returned would most effectually preserve all things from would have twenty-five days' provisions to leave getting wet, and the people from the cold, and with those who still went on. A similar arrangefrom the worst effects of those northern winds ment might be repeated once or twice more, and which “shave" you like a razor, but with thus extend the whole journey very greatly the pain of red-hot iron in the flesh. The con- equal, indeed, to a forty days' journey from the vertibility of gutta percha, and the ease with ship or depot, which is the supposed number of which accidents may be repaired with it, and de- days' provision a man can carry. fects made good, recommend it as of first-rate im- With respect to the ships, it appears that their portance. Boats made with it would stand the size is sometimes an objection and a hindrance to salt water, and would be light to carry. They the service on hand, when once they have fairly ought to be made to use either as boats or as got to the ground. After reaching some convensledges. For this purpose they should be made ient station, they should be considered as depots in parts; and each part no heavier than two men merely; to be moved forward, it is true, as opporcould carry with ease. The centre should consist tunity permitted, yet not to be allowed to become of two squares, say six feet each way; and the obstacles to active search by boats, or on land, two ends should be shaped like the ends of a whether the ships could move or not. With this whale-boat, each six feet long. They should be view, they should be furnished with such boats as made as flat as possible in the bottoms, yet suffi- have already been described, (or any that would be ciently boat-shaped to give the necessary qualities. better for the service,) for the exploration of any If necessary, each of these might be again divided water where the ships could not penetrate. One, fore and aft ways. Two smaller canoe-shaped perhaps, might be a “screw-boat,” to take advanboats, made on the same plan, should be fitted, tage of any opening which presented itself; but, one on each side, to the foregoing larger one. as her fuel could last but a short time, it is most They should be made with a water-tight covering, likely that light boats, which could be carried over and be appointed to carry the provisions, or be oth- the ice or land, would do more service in the end. erwise used occasionally; and thus the centre boat The sure means of success lies in the perfection would be kept free from luggage, and might be of the preparations, and in an advance so well made warm and comfortable for the men. Such considered, slow and sure, that a retrograde movea boat would carry a great burthen, and could not ment would never be necessary. be upset; and if it were necessary to carry her If dogs could be subsisted in these latitudes, over the ice, or over land, she would take to pieces they might be employed to assist the sledges of the easily, and each part would form a convenient bas- walking parties; it is worth a consideration, at all ket, or sledge, wherein to carry the luggage, &c., events, whether offal, or fish, or blubber, could not of two men, more easily than they could do in sep- be got to feed them. In the winter journeys, too, arate packs, and yet carry the boat at the same time. perhaps the ice might be somewhat levelled for the
The mode of travelling by the walking parties passage of the sledges ; it might cost less labor to should be by relays, as the palanquin bearers do in do this than to drag them over the rough ice ; and the East Indies. It is evident that most ground greater works than this are done in cutting channels would be got over in a given time, and at the least for the ships through the “ seventeen feet thick" expense of labor, by this means. If the whole ice. proposed journey was a long one, it might be best In conclusion, as this is an expedition of search to accomplish it by establishing a series of depots ; to save life, all scientific pursuits should be disreSir James Ross carried forty days' provisions, and garded and interdicted, that the men might be rewalked five hundred miles in safety. This proves lieved from carrying books and instruments. To how much may be done in that way; if there were ascertain the latitude and longitude is enough, and a depot at the end of such a journey, you would all that ought to be attempted. not require any arrangement for returning ; but, Secondly. It appears to be self-evident that no if there were not, the provisions must be replen- search for Sir John Franklin (on the supposition ished by some previously contrived means. This that his ships are in existence, and are frozen up would be by the succession of depots; and, how- in the ice) can by any possibility be successful, ever slow this method would prove, it would be which is not carried on by the sea, when that is safe and sure, and would enable you to accomplish open, and by walking parties when the navigation any desired journey in those latitudes. If the is closed; and this, too, from the east, the south, journey to be made would occupy more time than and the west, throughout every day of the year, a man could carry provisions for, then a greater when the rigor of the climate permits men to move. number of men should set out, laden, than were Difficulties numerous and great will arise—but intended to go the whole distance, and at certain nothing could present itself that would be insurintervals some of these should give up a part of their mountable. Former travels and voyages in this provisions to the advancing men, and themselves part of the world prove that everything is possireturn ; and under the supposition that they would ble; all that is now required to be done, all that return in half the time in which they walked out, is now proposed to be done, has already been done. and that each man had set out with forty days' No plan, therefore, carried on by the same means, provision; then, in a walk out of ten days and can be called wild, or impracticable ; nor is there
anything to encounter which can justify hesitation | most extraordinary sight was now presented to me. or delay in the undertaking. Expedition is, in- Neander was standing on his right leg, his left one deed, all in all at this crisis ; for it is the last sea- twisted around it in a singular way, and leaning son, the last hope, and, it may be said, it is the last at an angle of about thirty degrees, with bis left moment! It is not the affair of an office; it is arm on the corner of the desk. In his left hand not the affair of a profession ; it is not the affair he held a quill, which he was twisting round and of one man ; but it is the affair of the nation, and round with his right. His eyes were closely shut. the affair of every individual in it. Let every From that moment I was certain that he was blind, Englishman, then, interest himself in it, and let and was not undeceived until the next Sunday, one and all see that it be done.
when I happened to be near him at the Dome Concluding Note.—Sir John Ross' sojourn in church; while I was looking on him with pily, my that country for four years ; Sir James Ross' jour thoughts reverting to Milton, Belisarius, and other ney of five hundred miles in it in one winter only; great men who had lived in darkness, a strange and Sir John Franklin's voyage from the M'Ken- preacher mounted the pulpit. At the sound of sie in two frail canoes, one of which could be car- his voice Neander opened a most brilliant pair of ried on the head of one man, may be truly said to rattish little eyes, gazed on the preacher a moment, have conquered the country, and, as a lawyer would and closed them again. Though I have seen him say, have proved the case ! This deprives us of twenty times since, at lectures, church, and at uniall excuse and subterfuge for inaction or despon-versity celebrations, I have not seen again the radidency; whilst Sir John Franklin's boat voyage, ant lustre of those diminutive orbs. Indeed, a friend and his reasoning on turning back to the M'Ken- at my elbow tells me that his sight is very weak, sie, prove the necessity of a deput to make for. and that there is danger of his becoming totally “ Had I,” said he,“ been sure of finding the ships blind. At his lectures is ever the same thing in Kotzebue Sound, I should have gone on ;” and, —the same reclining posture, the same twisting of had he gone on, the honor of discovering that the quill and rocking of the desk on two legs, the whole coast would have been his reward. But same tight shutting of the eyes, the same long coat, “the ships” had two duties to do, so that which a world 100 wide for his meagre and sinewy form, was most important was sacrificed !
and, let me add, the same clearness and depth of
thought and elevation of sentiment. From the Commercial Advertiser.
Bishop Neander is of Jewish descent, which is BISHOP NEANDER.
testified by his black hair, dark complexion, and
Berlin, Dec. 18, 1849. lough, compact build. He was converted at an What educated American has not heard of this early age. At the close of his theological course celebrated divine and scholar? What lover of Ger- of studies he was admitted to preach his trial serman literature has not passed many a pleasant hour mon, but broke down in the middle of it, and was over the pages made immortal by the impress of his obliged to give it up. Perhaps this want of suegenius? The bishop stands the acknowledged head cess had something to do with his subsequent alof the evangelical party in the Lutheran church, most exclusive devotion to church literature and the most distinguished professor of theology in the history. It appears that he has always been ecUņiversity of Berlin, and the greatest German au- centric in all his ways. In the management of tnority in church history. Every stranger visiting the ordinary affairs of life he is not of remarkable Berlin should see and hear him. If one can hear force, as they are without interest to him. To a him without seeing him, so much the better. I beggar he gives all the money he has in his pocket, have been several times at his lectures—the first even if it be the monthly salary which has just ime without knowing who the speaker was to be. been thrust into his hand by the treasurer of the Precisely at the hour, in stepped a small, meagre, university. He has been known to give away his and very dark man,
dressed in a dark brown frock-coat coat to some coatless mendicant, while on his way reaching nearly to his heels, and his thick, coarse, to an evening party, and shortly after to make his black hair standing on end as if he had just been appearance there in a brown study and quite unconstarted out of bed. He stepped forward, without scious of his dishabille. His sister, with whom he looking to the right or left, to the small platform lives, for he has never thought of getting married, surmounted by a desk which serves as the speaker's takes excellent care of him, and keeps him, as much stand.
from exhibiting his absence of mind to Here he elevated the movable upper part of the public. But, spite of her directions, he will the desk until it was as high as his shoulders, and walk around by his old home when he goes to the putting his left arm upon the corner, commenced university, though it is a quarter of a mile out of speaking, his head disappearing entirely from view. the way. But he was so long accustomed to the From where I sat I could see nothing of him ex- old road that in his abstracted state he naturally cept the left elbow above the desk, and, at regular takes it. One morning he complained to his sister intervals, his coat skirts as he rocked the high of being very lame, and that he had limped all the desk back and forth. Being determined that this way from the university. Still, he said, he felt no oddity should not escape me by taking to cover in pain, and could not remember having hurt himself. such an original way, I left my seat and took one The doctor was called, and examined the limb, but at the right of the lecturer and very near him. A found no sign of injury,
The mystery was not explained until next day, quainted with Neander's theological views will do when the doctor learned that his patient had limped well then to procure this work. W. B. because he had walked home with one foot in the street and the other on the curb-stone of the pave
From Morris and Willis' Home Journal. ment. This anecdote is generally believed here,
EMERSON. but may be of questionable authority-one of the
The announcement that Mr. Emerson was to many always told of absent-minded men. The lecture at the Mercantile Library, a few evenings following, however, is indisputably true. Nean- since, was a torpedo touch, even to that most exder's careful sister had taken away his old unmen- hausted and torpid thing on earth, editorial curitionables from his chair, one night, after he had osity-for, though the impregnator of a whole retired to bed, and placed a new pair on the table cycle of Boston mind, and the father of thousands close by. When he rose early in the morning to of lesser Emersons, he is the most unapproachably go to his seven o'clock lecture, he either did not see strange to say, we had never, to the best of our
original and distinct monotype of our day; and, them or supposed them to belong to somebody else ; knowledge, laid eyes upon him. For this unaccertain it is that he made his appearance at the countable want of recognition and singlification, lecture-room in his long frock-coat and high-topped living in the same town, as we were, when Emerboots, and otherwise perfectly dressed, if we except son first began to preach and write, and never the garment usually considered indispensable. The taking the trouble to go and behold him as a prophlecture went off very well until an anxious servant et, we must own to tardy perceptions—but it
was doubtless due to his belonging to a sect whick girl entered the room and, gliding up to Neander, plucked him by the coat. He did not notice her to dismiss what we heard of him, of course,
we supposed had but one relish, and which led us
with at first, but kept rocking away; another pull, and the idea that he was but a new addition to the prehis equilibrium was in danger. He turned round to vailing Boston beverage of Channing-and-water. her, and for once the students saw his beaming eyes The eye sometimes reverses, and always more wide open in the depths of the cavities where they or less qualifies, the judgment formed without its are hidden, and his heavy black eyebrows drawn aid; and we were very much disappointed, on up in astonishment. She whispered a few words arriving at the hall, to find the place crowded, and
no chance of a near view of the speaker. The only into his ear. “Woman,” he answered, with dig- foothold to be had was up against the farthest wall, nity, “ this is not a place to talk of pantaloons, but and a row of unsheltered gas-lights blazed between of scientific theology ;” and resuming his old posi- us and the pulpit, with one at either ear-tip of the tion, went on with his lecture as if nothing had occupant, drowning the expression of his face comhappened. All the students entered the scene on pletely in the intense light a little behind it. To their note-books at once, and the poor girl retired look at him at all was to do so with needles to the professor's waiting-room, where Neander this, by way of a general protest against the un
eyes ; and we take the trouble to define consented at the proper time to don the garment. shaded gas-burners of the Tabernacle, Stuyvesant
His eccentricities, which proceed only from Institute, and other public rooms—where an ophhabitual absence of mind, do not prevent his being thalmia is very likely to be added to the bad air highly respected in Berlin. He is generally chosen and hard seats with which the “ evening's enterby the court to officiate in important ceremonies. tainment” is presented. For instance, he makes the prayer when a royal stat. Emerson, as the applause announced that he had
The single look we were enabled to give Mr. ue is to be erected, or the chambers are to be opened,
come into the pulpit, revealed to us that it was a and performs the marriage ceremony for the mem- man we had seen a thousand times, and with whose bers of the different branches of the royal family. face our memory was familiar; though, in the During the March revolution he was the head of sidewalk portrait-taking by which we had treasthe last deputation sent by the people to the king ured his physiognomy, there was so little resembefore the combat.
blance to the portrait taken from reading him, that His church history is esteemed by many theolo- we should never have put the two together, probgians the best and most philosophical in the Ger-member him perfectly, as a boy whom we used to
ably, except by personal identification. We re man language. One of his pupils and most ar- see playing about Chauncey Place and Summerdent admirers is Professor T. L. Jacoby, of this street-one of those pale little moral-sublimes, with city, who is also a lecturer of high repute on the- their shirt collars turned over, who are recognized ulogy. This last gentleman will publish, in a by Boston school-boys as having “fathers that are month or two, at the press of C. G. Loederitz, of Unitarians”—and though he came to his first Berlin, a manual of church history. A copy has short hair about the time that we came to our first
tail-coat, six or eight years behind us, we have been placed in my hands, with a request to notice never lost sight of him. In the visits we have the work, and to say that it is now in course of made to Boston, of late years, we have seen him in translation into English, under the supervision of the street, and remembered having always seen him the author himself, and will be published as soon as a boy-very little suspecting that there walked, as possible at London and New York. An ele- in a form long familiar, the deity of an intellectual gantly written preface by Neander himself says altar, upon which, at that moment, burned a fire in
our bosom. that the manual is excellent, and has been prepared
Emerson's voice is up to his reputation. It has in compliance with his oft-repeated requests, and
a curious contradiction, which we tried in vain to in exact harmony with his views of historical and analyze satisfactorily—an outwardly repellant and Christian truth. Those who wish to become ac- inwardly reverential mingling of qualities, which a