Fourth Arctic Christmas
Only two of the original members of the Crocker Land Expedition remained in Etah for a fourth forlorn Christmas: MacMillan and cook Jonathan C. Small. Tanquary, Green, and electrician Jerome Allen had already returned to the U. S., having traveled some 1,000 miles down the western coast of Greenland by dog sled. Ekblaw and Harrison Hunt, the expedition’s doctor, were then sledding toward southern Greenland, having been dispatched by MacMillan to get the word out about the failure of the second relief expedition. George Comer, captain of the George B. Cluett, and Hovey had joined the stranded men at Etah after the Cluett became trapped in the ice.