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French expedition to the Klondike by land and balloon, 1898

Dr. Antony Varicle

The Province (Vancouver, BC), July 29, 1898

French expedition to the Klondike by land and balloon, 1898

    Dr. Terwange, the young French scientist, who is going to search for Andree in the north, did not look like a man who was taking his life in his hands as he stepped aboard the steamer Rosalie this morning. He chatted gaily with several friends who were down to see him off and when spoken to by a Province representative expressed the utmost confidence in the outcome of what is considered on all sides a most hazardous trip.

    Dr. Terwange is taking up only one assistant with him. At Skagway he will be met by eight other members of the party and expects to meet M. Varicle, the head of the expedition, there also, the latter having left San Francisco for the north recently.

    The start out will be made from Skagway, four members of the party only going in the balloon. The others will proceed to Dawson and look for gold. It was intended to make the search for Andree first in a balloon capable of carrying 9,000 pounds. It was decided to take a smaller and speedier air vessel, however, and one which will carry 5,000 pounds was built here. This change delayed the party considerably, and the balloon trip will be made during the next two months.

    Dr. Terwange would not state his exact destination. Supplies have been sent around by St, Michael and will be cached at different points along the river for him. His search will be in out of the way places in northern Alaska, and he feels confident that he will come across some trace of the famous Arctic explorer before he returns.

    Dr. Terwange says that when he returns to Vancouver he will make a balloon ascension here, and will invite the members of the press to accompany him.

    The expedition is under the auspices of the Geographical Society of France. Both M. Varicle and Dr. Terwange are Parisians.