The Search for Franklin: A Narrative of the American Expedition under Lieutenant Schwatka, 1878 to 1880.

An account by Colonel Gilder first published in New York Herald but supplemented by Schwatka’s own narrative at the end as given in an address to the AGS (see p 97ff). Quite a bit is based on Inuit accounts, giving a good overview of the search for Franklin.

p. 18: Ninety miles more of open water, and Franklin and his gallant crew would have not only won the prize they sought, but reached their homes to wear their well-earned honours. It was not to be so. Let us bow in humility and awe to the inscrutable decrees of that Providence who ruled it otherwise…. But for the energy and devotion of the wife of their chief and leader, it would in all probability never have been known that they were indeed the first discoverers of the North-West Passage.

p. 241, Gilder says of Schwatka: it would not be too much to predict for him a brilliant Arctic career in the near future.

p. 307, in an appendix on Inuit philology: It used to be an endless source of amusement to the men, women, and children in the Arctic regions to look at the pictures in the illustrated books and journals. Colored maps were also very attractive to them, and the large type in advertisements apparently afforded them great pleasure….