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SCENE AT THE joined in cheers of welcome. The rough sides oi the steamer were hidden by the half a dozen tugs that had gone down to meet her, carrying the lriends and relatives of the returning ones. All around it was a scene of great rejoicing, rejoicing, and from the time the visitors were permitted to clamber on the Kite, just after she passed Lincoln Park, the lieutenant and his wife were forced to hold a continual reception. Flowers and congratulations were showered on them, and save for the saddening doubt surrounding the disappearance disappearance of Verhoeft not a cloud would have marred the sky. Verhoett's uncle, A. N. Keigwin, of Wilmington, and his cousin and boyhood boyhood companion, II. D. Elliot, of Louisville, Louisville, Ky., were on tlie tug, and to them Peary devoted most of his time during the trip up the river. Although Peary has little hopes of the explorer being alive, his explanation seemed to convince convince the young man's relatives that Verhoett is still in the land ot the living. Miss Mattie VerhoelT, his sister, was riot so easily pacified, and when the Kite finally steamed into Pier 46, where she was waiting. It was impossible tor her to restrain her emotion. Boarding the vessel vessel aa soon as she was tied fast, she rushed to the deck where the lieutenant was standing, and exclaimed harshly: "What have you to tell me about my brother?" "I am very sorry that he is not along," he began to answer when she broke in Beorntully: "And is that all you can tell me?" Friends gentlv persuaded her not to talk lurther, and she retired with a party of ladies in carnages. Later in the alter-noon alter-noon alter-noon Mr. Peary met her and told her all the details, which she thinks strengthens strengthens the theory that Verhoell is alive and to-day to-day to-day pushing his way to the North Pole with a determination that will not permit of failure. SCENES ALONG THE RIVER. Cannons Boomed and Whistles Tooted a Continuous Welcome. . ' From the moment she passed the Capes of the Delaware at 6 o'clock' ou Thursday night the Kite's welcome began. began. Each vessel that passed gave her a salute and a godspeed. People every where were anxious to catch a glimpse of the explorers. At 3.3.) A. M. the steamer reached Chester, where her engines were stopped, and she anchored in mid-stream mid-stream mid-stream until 8 o'clock, the hour lor passing the Lazaretto. Lazaretto. There was no detention here, except except lor the few minutes taken up in the formal examination. At the same hour the Kite was released released tlie swift-sailinar swift-sailinar swift-sailinar tug Lillie M. Graham, which Captain A. F. Ulmer had placed at the Relief Committee's disposal, steamed awav trom Walnut street wharl to meet her, bearing a party of invited guests. Welcomers on the Tugs. Amon;? those were included Dr. 8. G. Dixon, Gavin W. Hart, Thomas Meehan and wife, the father and mother of one of the explorers; Mrs. Meehan, Jr. and child; Dr. II J. Nolan, Mrs. Y. II Hughes, Albert Vorse and wile, whoso son was "in the Peary party; Isaac C. Martindale, D. M. Mct'adden, Mrs. William William Hopkinaon, Edwin Saunders Dixon, Dr. William II Hughes and a. Is. Keigwin, of Wilmington, and H. D. Elliot, of Louisville, Ky., the uncle and cousin of young Verhoofl. Before tlie party readied the Kite they were reinforced by other boats, who brought among others Dr. J. F. Holt, A. C. Kcnealey, Dr. Robert "N. Keely, Jr., Persilor Frazer and Ijevi Mingle and wile, who, with Dr. Hughes, were on the original expedition. When tlie trim little tug, with its eager, anxious company swept down past League Island, a handsome Union Jack was run up the height of the bow flag stafK Beneath it the red and white colors of the company ensign mingled in every current of the fresh morning breeze, and the gay standards boomed bright DOCK ON THE ARRIVAL daughter of W. E. Meehan, the botanist of the relief party. With a muffled cry of joy she sprang straight into his open arms, and he smothered her little face with passionate kisses. Mrs. Meehan followed, and then the parents of the voyager hugged him heartily with veritable tears of joy dimming their sight. Hardly less glad was the greeting of the parents ot Albert Vorse, also one of the relief party, and their delight was marked. Dr. Hughes was here, there and everywhere, shaking hands with his old comrades of the original expe dition, wliile Dr. Robert N. Keely, Jr., Levi Mir gle, Dr. Holt and A. C Ken- Ken- ealey were similarly engaged in breath less greetings. A tug steamed along by the Graht in and Persilor Frazer came over the side of the Kite agio w with smiles aid congratulations. Mrs. Peary Talks. Overwhelmed by the storm of greeting, greeting, Lieu enant Peary and his wife retreated retreated to the stern, where they held an impromplu reception. Mrs. Gavin Hart was among the first to grasp Mrs. Peary's hand, and she presented her with a n agnificent bouquet of roses which Mrs. Peary held almost continuously continuously to her nostrils. While ier husband talked of the scientific value of his exploration she answered a multitude of questions with bright smiles of happinesp. "Oh, I lid not mind it all in the least," sh said. "I went because my husband c id. I should like to go back MttS. PEARY. iiiiuie.iaie v. Some day I hope we will. When 1 heard the news of the Kite's ar rival I was encamped, while Mr. Peary was on his trip. It was glorious news, indeed, v e suflered no inconvenience whatever, ind every hour of the day brought to -th -th something new and inter esting. But just think of it, there was never any need for money! The idle hours, whih were lew, were spent n trips on tae slods, tobogganing, and snow-shoe snow-shoe snow-shoe excursions. There was plenty of diverskn. Gradually we fell into Esquimau expressions, and got along famously with these ominous natives. We intrbdi ced to them our great beverage, beverage, codes. Stor es About tho Camp. "Every morning after breakfast Matt Henson and servant would blow a blast on a buslft. and they would troop up with all it anner of receptacles lor the codec. I had read up on Arctic litera turc before I went north, but it is all misleading. I don't want any more of it. Perhant I had better write? Oh, well, we, v ill see. . New Year's night I held a erati l reception at the Red Cliff House, issued cards' in the most delightfully delightfully forma', manner to the boys, and it was a great success." In no portion of her numerous inter- inter- viows did Mrs. Peary make any attempt to denv haw triad she would be if another chance presented itselt to go ri-ht ri-ht ri-ht baeK to the heart of the frozen Jtorth. Her bronzed and smiling teat- teat- day ending in he he the by not being ice a on lie in to a

Clipped from The Philadelphia Inquirer24 Sep 1892, SatPage 1

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)24 Sep 1892, SatPage 1
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