A Tenderfoot with Peary
by George Borup, 1911, Published by Stokes
Borup writes this about Peary—"Always kind, considerate, giving us fellows good advice, going out of his way to help us. Had the Commander been the grim, military martinet or despot his enemies make him out to be, he would never have gotten the work out of either the Eskimos or us fellows, and it was due to his great determination, his never knowing when he was licked, and his ability to encourage and hold all of us together, to hold every man to the main purpose of the Expedition, that the American Flag is where it now is—at the North Pole."
Borup had so much fun with Peary that he never wanted to go home. He ends his book by saying—
"...instead of being happy at the idea of getting home again, we were a sorrowful lot. What wouldn't we have given to have had the bow of the Roosevelt turned the other way!"

George Borup was a fun loving young Yale graduate who was selected for Peary's 1909 North Pole team. This athletic charmer would have married Peary's daughter but he drowned in a boating accident. His was the first book after Peary's about the trip. The following year Matthew Henson published his account, and later MacMillan wrote one, too.

(above) Borup spoke highly of Matthew Henson (at left) of whom he wrote "Then, Matt Henson, a jack-of-all-trades, and differing from that person in being apparently a master of them all; a dandy sledge maker, good shot, and as good a dog driver as the best Eskimos. Many have been the criticisms of the Commander for having taken Matt with him in the final dash, but we who knew his merits felt that Matt, from his long training in the North, thoroughly deserved to go."
(Below) Borup is best remembered for his knack of posing Eskimos.

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