MEMORANDUM ON A SERIES OF FOUR ARTICLES
"ADVENTURE OF WRANGELL ISLAND"
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The first of the five articles is printed in the January
number of the Premier Magazine. The premier has the same editor as the
London Magazine. It had previously been exclusively fiction but the owners
had decided to change to a policy of having one important article in each
number, and they selected the Wrangell island story to pivot the change upon.
The first article as published in the premier has been
rather injudiciously edited, two or three cuts being made in such a way
that the continuity is broken. A new revision will be used as the basis for
The Premier uses a two-page map of the northern
hemisphere. A map of the northern hemisphere is not obtainable in any
but a few of the largest libraries of the United States and is not on the
market. It is, therefore, essential that any magazine publishing the
story should print a corresponding map, for the fundamental change of world
outlook presented by the article cannot be realized by any ordinary person
without the aid of this new kind of map.
The second article tells about the shipwreck of the
Karluk near Wrangell Island and the occupation of the island for six months
in 1914 by the shipwrecked men. This is an adventure story involving the
death of eleven men and the beginning of the present controversy as to the
international status of Wrangell Island.
The remaining three articles describe the events that
led up to the Wrangell Island expedition of 1921-23 and tell the story of
that expedition to its tragic end in the death of the entire party of
Any number of photographs are available for the illus-
tration of these articles.
The articles have a special timeliness in view of two
things: A telegraphic despatch from Ottawa has recently announced that the
Canadian Government will submit the question of the international status
of Wrangell to the League of Nations, or perhaps to the World Court proposed
by President Harding. The three chief claimants are the United States,
Great Britain and Russia. But more important and equally pertinent is the
plan for arctic exploration recently announced by the United States Navy
and especially their program of taking the dirigible Shenandoah across the
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