Colonel Broome, the advance officer of the British world fliers, arrived from the North at the Kurile Islands off Japan, after a two months' adventurous and turbulent voyage in the Canadian trawler Thiepval. Broome established bases on Behring Island, Attu and other places in the Aleutians in preparation for MacLaren's trans-Pacific flight. There was no doubt that even with the best of luck this is extremely dangerous territory. Martin's disappearance only served to emphasize its hazards. Broome left nothing undone to insure success although he called the undertaking "at long odds...

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