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  RESCUE OF THE GREELY SURVIVORS - Southeast of the rotunda of the Government Building, and closely adjoining, was a panorama, with painted scenery, lay figures and modeled landscape, illustrating the closing events of the ill-fated Greely expedition to the Artic regions. At one side of this stirring representation was the framed painting which is portrayed in the engraving. This shows the rescue, which is probably the most remarkable episode of its kind in history. As may be seen, the few survivors are within but a few hours of death by starvation, after trials and privations which were carefully suppressed from the public reports. Lieutenant Adolphus W. Greely, who was in command of the expedition, was born in the whaling town of Newburyport, Mass., in 1844, and came naturally by his interest in the Artic seas. He served in the American Civil War for four years, and became a Captain, afterwards entering the regular army as a Lieutenant, and becoming an officer of the Signal Service, which made this exhibit. In 1881 he was placed in command of the Lady Franklin Bay expedition to Northern Greenland, and when it had become evident that Greely was in danger, the Government fitted out a relief expedition with steamers of the navy, and reached the sufferers in the manner made historical by this painting. Lieutenant Greely recovered and added much to the literature of the Artic seas.
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