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BUDGET BULL'S-EYES,

I ' A NEW CRUSOE.

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I A NEW CRUSOE. THE NIMROD'S DISCOVERY Lieutenant Shackletoirs vessel, the Kim- rod, has just completed a cruisa in the ecuthern seas during which sh-3 discovered that no fewer than four islands or groups of islands shown on Admiralty charts do not exist. In other ways tha famous vessel has added greatly to the scientific value of the Shackleton expedition. A feature of the voyag? was the discovery of a solitary human being on Macquarie Island. This is the southernmost of the off- lying islands of New Zealand, dies 545 miles south-west of Stewart Island, and was dis- covered in the early part of the last century. It is twenty-one miles long and five broad, and is the borne of penguins, ,sea-birds, and seals. A -visit was paid to the south-east pout of the island, some specimens were col- lected, and then the Nimrod proceeded north. As she drew near Nugget Point two huts were scon on the shore, and also the wreck of a vessel. In his report Captain wreck of a vessel. In his report Captain Davis says "S ucldenly, to our surprise, a column of smoke rose from the smaller of the two huts. As we had heard nothing of anyone living en the island this was extraordinary. Pre- sently, with the glasses, we could make out the figure of a man standing at the door of the smaller of the huts watching our ap- proach. We came to anchor" and the boat I was lowered and headed for the shore. The man, who had been watching us from the hut, now walked down to the beach, accom- panied by two little dogs." They discovered that this Crusoe's name was William McKibben, and that he bad been a member of a party which had visited I the island in the previous seaso-n in order to obtain seal and penguin oil. When the season was over and the vessel filled with barrels of oil he had elected to remain on the island by himself in order to collect oil for the following season. He did not mind the loneliness at all.

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