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The great white way; a record of an unusual voyage of discovery, and some romantic love affairs amid strange surroundings

The great white way;
a record of an unusual voyage of discovery, and some
romantic love affairs amid strange surroundings
Title: The great white way; a record of an unusual voyage of discovery, and some romantic love affairs amid strange surroundings
Release Date: 2018-07-17
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My Parents.

“The South Pole for us all!”—Frontispiece, Page 58.

Great White Way
A Record of an Unusual Voyage of Discovery, and some
Romantic Love Affairs amid Strange Surroundings.
The Whole Recounted by one Nicholas Chase,
Promoter of the Expedition, whose
Reports have been Arranged
for Publication by

Author of “The Van Dwellers,” “The Bread Line,” etc.
with drawings by BERNARD J. ROSENMEYER,
sketches by CHAUNCEY GALE, and maps,
etc. from Mr. CHASE’S note book
New York
Copyright, 1901,



I. Answer to an Old Summons 5
II. I Renew an Old Dream 7
III. Even Seeking to Realize It 11
IV. Turning to the Sea, at Last, for Solace 15
V. I Overhaul the Steam Yacht, Billowcrest 20
VI. Where All Things Become Possible 49
VII. I Learn the Way of the Sea, and Enter More Fully Into My Heritage 59
VIII. The Halcyon Way to the South 70
IX. Admonition and Counsel 76
X. Captain Biffer is Assisted by the Pampeiro 86
XI. In Gloomy Seas 95
XII. Where Captain Biffer Revises Some Opinions 99
XIII. In the “Fighting-Top” 106
XIV. An Excursion and an Experiment 115
XV. As Reported by My Note-Book 121
XVI. Following the Pacemaker 134
XVII. Investigation and Discovery 146
XVIII. A “Borning” and a Mystery 150
XIX. A Long Farewell 154
XX. The Long Dark 174
XXI. An Arrival and a Departure 183
XXII. On the Air-Line, South 190
4XXIII. The Cloudcrest Makes a Landing 199
XXIV. The Great White Way 209
XXV. Where the Way Ends 215
XXVI. The Welcome to the Unknown 223
XXVII. The Prince of the Purple Fields 228
XXVIII. A Harbor of Forgotten Dreams 235
XXIX. A Land of the Heart’s Desire 243
XXX. The Lady of the Lilies 249
XXXI. The Pole at Last 253
XXXII. An Offering to the Sun 264
XXXIII. The Touch of Life 269
XXXIV. The Pardon of Love 279
XXXV. Down the River of Coming Dark 290
XXXVI. The “Passage of the Dead” 293
XXXVII. The Rising Tide 301
XXXVIII. Storm and Stress 305
XXXIX. Where Dreams Become Real 315
XL. Claiming the Reward 322


“The South Pole for us all!” (page 58) Frontispiece
“Then, somebody was clinging to me” Page 93
“From our high vantage we could command a vast circle of sunless, melancholy cold” Page 117
“Cut her, Nick, cut her! I can’t stick on any longer!” Page 202
The Palace of the Prince
“A harbor for vanished argosies and forgotten dreams” Page 242
The Pardon of Love
“There fell upon them a long golden bar of the returning sunlight” Page 288


Nicholas Chase, a young man with a dream of discovery,and an inherited love of the sea.

Chauncey Gale, a merry millionaire, with a willingnessto back his judgment.

Edith Gale, his daughter, a girl with accomplishmentsand ideas.

Zar, colored maid and former nurse of Edith Gale. Awoman with no “fool notions” about the South Pole.

Ferratoni, an Italian electrician with wireless communication,and subtle psychic theories.

Captain Joseph Biffer, Master of the Billowcrest. Anold salt, with little respect for wild expeditions.

Terence Larkins, First Officer of the Billowcrest, witha disregard of facts.

Mr. Emory, Second Officer of the Billowcrest.

William Sturritt, Steward of the Billowcrest, and inventorof condensed food tablets.

Frenchy, a bosun who stirs up trouble.

Prince of the Purple Fields, a gentle despot of thePort of Dreams.

Princess of the Lilied Hills, His Serene Sister, whosedomain is the deepest South.

Three maidens of the Land of Dreams and Lotus.

A shipwrecked sailor, whose rescue is important to allconcerned.

Cabin boy, stewardess, and crew of the Billowcrest.

Courtiers, populace, etc., of the Land of the Sloping Sun.



For more than ten generations my maternal ancestorshave been farers of the sea, and I was bornwithin call of high tide. At the distance of a thousandmiles inland it still called me, and often inchildhood I woke at night from dreams of a blueharbor with white sails.

It is not strange, therefore, that I should returnto the coast. When, at the age of thirty, I foundmyself happily rid of a commercial venture—conductedfor ten years half-heartedly and with insignificantresults—it was only natural that I shouldset my face seaward. My custom, of which therewas never any great amount, and my goodwill, ofwhich there was ever an abundance, I had disposedof to one who was likely to reverse these conditions—hismethods in the matter of trade beingrather less eccentric than my own. He had beenable to pay me in cash the modest sum agreed upon,6and this amount I now hoped to increase throughsome marine investment or adventure—somethingthat would bring me at once into active sea life—thoughI do not now see what this could have been,and I confess that my ideas at the time were somewhatvague.



Perhaps first of all I wished to visit the SouthPole—not an unreasonable ambition it would seemfor one backed by ten generations of sea captainsand ocean faring—but one that I found not altogethereasy to gratify. For one thing, there wasno Antarctic expedition forming at the time; andthen, my notions in the matter were not popular.

From boyhood it had been my dream that aboutthe earth’s southern axis, shut in by a precipitouswall of ice, there lay a great undiscovered world.Not a bleak desolation of storm-swept peaks andglaciers, but a

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