Cook gave up his chance to return to Greenland on Peary’s next expedition when Peary denied him the right to publish his observations of the Inuit, whose medical and social peculiarities set him to thinking in new ways.  Instead, he chaperoned the son of a rich Yale professor to Greenland on the yacht Zeta.  The trip itself was of little significance and could scarcely be called an expedition, as it only visited the settlements of Danish Greenland, but it was on this voyage that Cook began to lay plans for an Antarctic expedition of his own.  He hoped to finance it by a series of lectures.  As a draw, he exhibited two Labrador children, Mikok and Kahlahkatak, who Cook called “Willie” and “Clara,” whose parents gave him permission to take them to the United States.  Cook appeared with them in a number of eastern cities during 1893-94, representing them as specimens of genuine wild Eskimos, although they lived in modern circumstances in Labrador.   He also exhibited them along with a group of other Labrador Eskimos, who were left stranded after Chicago’s World’s Columbian Exposition, at Huber’s Dime Museum in New York.  After one of the adults died, Cook ended his shows, but appeared with Willie before the New York medical societies, where he gave papers on his medical observations of the North Greenlanders.

    When his lectures failed to bring in the needed cash, Cook organized a “tourist excursion” to Greenland.   The voyage attracted well-heeled Ivy Leaguers and their illustrious professors, but was plagued by disaster from beginning to end.  The iron steamer Miranda, which Cook had been warned was not appropriate for ice work, struck an iceberg, but was not fatally holed. After repair, she reached Greenland, only to rip out her bottom on a sunken reef near Sukkertoppen.    Cook accompanied a boat sailed by an expert Inuit pilot and Danish-Inuit crew 90 miles north to Holsteinborg, where he secured the aid of the Gloucester fisherman Rigel, which accompanied the crippled Miranda as she attempted to reach home.  When the Miranda foundered in Davis Strait, all were safely transferred to the Rigel.   But Cook cleared little money over his expenses from this ill-fated voyage.  The most notable outcome of the expedition was the formation of the Arctic Club by its young participants.   The Arctic Club eventually enrolled most of the active American explorers, and in time was absorbed by the Explorers Club of New York.
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