For six years, Cook made his living as an attraction on the Chautauqua, lyceum, and vaudeville circuits with illustrated talks on his polar attainment and his subsequent persecution at the hands of Peary’s Arctic Trust.  His modest, open manner of speaking made him a popular success and won the sympathy of many people, particularly in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest.  In 1913 a third edition of his book saw a printing of 60,000, which gave him the vehicle to put his story widely before the court of public opinion.  Through his lectures and the pages of his book he convinced many that he was, indeed, the discoverer of the North Pole and a very wronged man.
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