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Ï-IÎ-NCH ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION.
READY TO START.
LONDON, Aug. 12.
Preparations are now completed for the departure of the French expedition to the Antarctic, under the Icadeisliip of Dr. Jean Charcot, the distinguished Polar exploicr. 'Their ship, Pourquoi Pas, yyhieli ivas christened al St. Malo about three yvceks ago, is ready for the voyage, and, according lo Router's agency al Paris, yvill sail from Havre nest Saturday. The party cNpect
to be away three yeal«. ^
The expedition will return to its old grounds in Graham Land, duo fcouth of the American continent, from whence ii yvill either go as far 60Uth us possible or yvill yvork westward in the direction of King Edyyard Land, where Lieutenant Shaelcel ton bas established his base of operations. "The tyvcntietb century cannot," says the doctor, "allow tho great yvhitc spot to remain on this map. Scientists await \ipm
us, the explorers of the Antarctic, the soTm "" ,"i tion of problems that we alone can solve. A
It is on the discoveries in the Antarctic \} that one may depend to solve the great pro- li1; blem of the origin of life." Dr. Charcot and ! his thirty men yvill take with them pro- (
visions for threo years, and the officers and ¡ , men avili fare exactly alike with regard to ' food and clothing, and even tobacco. ;