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"The Magellan Times", 20 July 1916

"Round the Town"

The lecture given by Sir Ernest Shackleton in the Municipal Theatre on the Sunday before last [9th] resulted in the most satisfactory sum of $2,000, which has been distributed as follows: The local Hospital, $1,000; the British Red Cross Society, the Duke of Portland's Fund for the French Red Cross, $500.

The Shackleton Relief Expedition

As we announced last week, the Emma with Sir Ernest Shackleton, Capt. Worsley and Tom Crean on board left at midnight on Wednesday the 11th instant for Elephant Island to rescue the other members of the expedition who had been left there.

The only news received up to the present was from the coasting steamer Armando which passed the Emma on the day following her departure at the entrance to Brecknock Channel. We trust, however, that in a few days time they will arrive back successfully with their rescued comrades.

The Emma is a schooner fitted with a motor to burn parafine and belongs to Messrs. Mayer Braun and R. A. Ewing. She has been chartered for the voyage at eighteen pounds per day, which includes the wages of the engineer, cook and two sailors, together with their food. She has been well provisioned with everything necessary for a voyage of two or three months, so that in case the ice prevents them from approaching the islands, they may wait around for a few weeks on the chance of the ice clearing.

The Government patrol boat Yelcho had orders to tow the Emma as far as two hundred miles south of Cape Horn, and we are eagerly awaiting her return to gain some news as to the commencement of the voyage, weather conditions, etc.

[20 July 1916]

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