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The Outlook

JANUARY 1, 1910

LYMAN ABBOTT, Editor-in-Chief. HAMILTON W. MABIE, Associate Editor

THEODORE ROOSEVELT

Contributing Editor

JVHITTIER PUBLIC LIBRAD.

THE COLLAPSE OF A
OLOSSAL FALSEHOOD

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It was by the Univer- verdict and the verdict of the University
sity of Copenhagen Consistory is expressed formally in the find-

that Dr. Cook himself ing of the latter :.“ The documents handed lected to be judged; the verdict of that the University for examination do not conourt of decision, thus selected by himself, tain observations and information which must be accepted by the world as final can be regarded as proof that Dr. Cook nd conclusive. The wonderful tales now reached the North Pole on his recent expeut forth as to the cause of the disappear- dition.” Officers of the University in their nce of the original documents in the individual expressions of feeling go even ase will have no effect on the mind of the further. Thus, Dr. Stromgren, Director ublic, because that public had already be- of the Astronomical Observatory at Copenome wearied with a long series of incon- hagen and chairman of the committee on lusive and improbable statements hereto- the Cook claims, is quoted as calling ore made. Dr. Cook had several months Cook's actions shameless, as admitting i which to prepare his case and submit it with sorrow and indignation that the Lilla proper form to that tribunal to which versity had been hoaxed, and as saying le thought fit to have it referred. The that "it was an offense to submit such esult has been a total collapse of his papers to scientific men.” Rasmussen, a laim, always based chiefly on his bare noted Arctic explorer who has favored ssertion that he had been the first to Dr. Cook's claim, was called in as an exeach the North Pole. The committee pert by the University's committee; he is f scientists to whom the University of reported as saying: “When I saw the obCopenhagen submitted the claim report servations, I realized that it was a scandal. hat what they received was, first, a nar- The documents which Dr. Cook sent to the ative of the expedition, essentially the University are most impudent. It is the ame as that printed two months ago in most childish sort of attempt at cheating." he New York “ Herald” and prepared Many others who have believed Cook's or the present purpose by Dr. Cook's stories heretofore now admit that they are ecretary, and, secondly, what purported convinced that the claims are spurious,

be a typewritten copy of part of Dr. and that the best that can possibly be said Cook's original note-book. This alleged is that Cook is unbalanced in mind or opy, they say,

“ does not contain any that he did not have scientific knowlriginal astronomical observations what- edge enough to know where he really did ver, but only results,” and the committee go, and that for a time at least he may eclare further that “ the documents pre- have believed that he had reached the Pole. ented are inexcusably lacking in informa- Those judges of evidence who are unable on which would prove that the astro- to concede even this much point out that omical observations therein referred to there are many indications that Cook rere really made ; and also contain no must have known from the first that his etails regarding the practical work of the story would in the end collapse, and they xpedition and the sledge journey which believe that it was with this in view that he would enable the committee to determine forestalled investigation in America by taktheir reliability." The committee's final ing advantage of the enthusiasm naturally

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