Commander W. S. Schley, U.S.N
Greely Relief Expedition.
The work of taking up the bodies
was one of little difficulty. It was only needed to remove the thin
covering of sand from the mounds that formed the graves. Little could be
seen of the conditions of the bodies, as they had been clothed, and all
appeared to be intact. In preparing them subsequently, it was found that
six, those of Lieutenant Kislingbury, and of Jewell, Ralston, Henry, Whistler
and Ellis, had been cut, and flesh removed. Care was taken that there should
be no mistake about their identity, and as each one was taken up, it was
given a number corresponding with a number on a drawing made of the burial-ground.
who had been in charge of the burials, so that identification was complete.
W. S. Schley, Commander.
information on W. S. Schley
Source: Schley, W. S. Rescue of Greely,
New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1885, p 235
Image source: Kersting, Rudolf, The White World, New
york, Lewis, Scribner & Co, 1902, p 15
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