Chapter V The rediscovery of Hubbard’s camp
in 1973 created a renewed interest in the bronze plaque lost in the
Beaver River, including the question of its weight. This detail is
nowhere to be found in Wallace’s accounts of the 1913 journey. The New
York Times reported on 23 October 1913 that friends of Wallace had
expressed concern at not hearing from him since early September, when
he set out alone up the Labrador coast. The report went on to say that
Judge Malone and Gilbert Blake, who returned to civilization two months
previously, had described the lost tablet as weighing sixty pounds.
"Breat" is not a typographical error. Wallace's spelling for bread is
the way the Labrador trappers pronounced it. In his youth,
Mauro often heard the pronunciation when trappers purchased their
staples at the local Hudson's Bay Company store.
XXI Charles Riley, an enthusiastic
sportsman who had shown much interest in the expedition, was an
official of the Horton Manufacturing Company, of Bristol, Connecticut.
Chapter XXX O’Keefe Lake was named by Wallace
for Dan O’Keefe, under whom Hubbard had served as a cub reporter on the
old New York Daily News. In 1913, he was Managing Editor of the New
York Commercial. It was O’Keefe who got together with some of Hubbard’s
friends and donated the bronze plaque for mounting in Labrador.
Chapter XXXII In 1973, to mark the occasion of
the rediscovery of Hubbard’s last camp by Rudy Mauro and Dillon Wallace
III, the Canadian Committee for Geographical Names recognized Goose
Creek, Mountaineer Lake, Elson Lake, Murdock’s Rapid and the Charles
Riley River as official names on the map.
2,500-foot mountains attained by the Hubbard expedition and given the
name Kipling Mountains by Wallace in 1903 in honour of Hubbard, were
later unknowingly designated the Red Wine Mountains by the Canadian
Geological Survey. In 1973, in recognition of the oversight, the
Committee for Geographical Names applied the name Mount Kipling to the
mass immediately east of Disappointment Lake, which rises 673 feet
above the water.
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