Two speakers who will mount the Union platform in the near future are Professor C. T. Copeland '82 and Captain Donald P. MacMillan. Professor Copeland will give one of his celebrated readings on the evening of May 8, and Captain MacMillan will lecture on May 12 on his experiences exploring in the Arctic regions.
This is one of the last lectures which Captain MacMillan will give before embarking in June on his next trip of exploration, under the auspices of the National Geographic Society. The accomplishments which Captain MacMillan has made in Arctic exploration are extremely invaluable from a scientific point of view and the story of his career is a thrilling one. His interest in the North is derived from the fact that his father, a fisherman, made yearly trips to the Arctic after halibut and brought back to his children Eskimo toys and implements Peary became interested in young MacMillan through hearing that he had rescued ten people from drowning in Casco Bay, and some time later invited him to join an expedition to the North. It was on this trip that Peary reached the North Pole.
Captain MacMillan among other accomplishments has found records of former Arctic explorers, including the lining of a cap left by Elisha Kent Kane in 1853, and a record reading "All Well." He was the first to reach and explore the northern, eastern, and southern shores of North Cornwall and the first to reach Finlay Land, seen some sixty years ago by the Franklin Search Expedition. The trip upon which he will embark in June will be for the purpose of investigating southwestern Greenland, a land about which mystery clings even now. About 1000 A.D. this section of Greenland was inhabited by some 7,000 Norsemen, but since they have since completely disappeared, apparently without reason. At the present time there are two theories as to their disappearance. One is that the Norsemen were wiped out by the "Black Death": the other is that they migrated to the North.
Captain MacMillan has recently returned from a trip through the West. While in Chicago, he was commissioned a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy Reserve Corps. He has been assured of the whole hearted cooperation of the Navy in his expedition in June and has been offered the service of a Navy plane for scouting purposes.