Next, the only witness to Cook’s McKinley climb, Edward Barrill, swore out an affidavit saying that the doctor’s claimed 1906 ascent of McKinley was merely a hoax arranged by Cook with his complicity.  The New York Globe, a paper controlled by one of Peary’s major backers, broke the news.   The next day it printed Barrill’s entire Alaskan diary, the crucial parts of which Barrill said had been dictated to him by Cook. Cook maintained that Barrill had been induced to make his statement through a large sum of money provided by Peary’s backers.  In this he was right.  Barrill and four others had been paid a total of $5,000 for affidavits against Cook, though this was denied at the time.   
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