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U. S. May Lose in Race to Explore Vast Arctic Areas Amundsen Ready To Go, Yanks Not To Start Until In June WASHINGTON, May 6. Will the United States be beaten In tho air race to the Arctic? It appears pos. sible and even probable. Three nations havo entries In the race. Raold Amundsen, famous explorer, explorer, la already at the top of Norway, Norway, preparing to Jump off for Spitzbergen, and then the pole. Gettir Algarsson, Canadlun, Is In England, loading tho British blimp with which he hopes to reach the pole. Meanwhile Donald B. MacMillan and navy fliers are getting ready for their Arctic Jaunt. Algarsson will be In the north a month before MacMlllan's party arrives arrives from the United States, which he plans to leave In June. This means that both Amundsen and Algarsson will havo big leads on the American. However, the Mac. Millan expedition isn't actually seeking seeking to reach tho pole. Between the northern coasts of Alaska and the pole there lies an area of more than a million square miles on which no human being has ever cast an eye. Does it contain an Island continent about which the world hitherto has known nothing This is what the MacMillan party wants to find out. Amundsen goes north under the auspice of th - Norwalftiun- Norwalftiun- An Club. The expedition was financed by $100,000 from James W. Ellsworth Ellsworth of Manhattan and has with It two Durnier-Wahl Durnier-Wahl Durnier-Wahl seaplanes built In Germany. His chief pilot is Rilser-Lnrsen, Rilser-Lnrsen, Rilser-Lnrsen, a fellow countryman. Raold Amundsen, noted Norwegian arctic explor er. When he stated his plans, Amundsen Amundsen announced that he would spend some 24 hours examining the pole and Its vicinity. He thought it might be possible to establish a fuel and food base at tho pole for fur ther aerial exploration. From Kings Bay to th pole is only a seven-hour seven-hour seven-hour flight. From the pole south to Wrangel Island and Bering Strait Is about 1,500 miles.