They build ships of steel nowadays; some of them approach 1,000 feet in length and 60,000 tons in displacement. But the little steamer Arcturus that slipped out of New York Harbor, last week, is built of wood, is less than 300 feet in length and not 2,500 tons in displacement. Yet she went forth on what promises to be a great voyage.

Dr. William Beebe was in command of the expedition. Spare, tall, sinewy, with strong hands, rugged features, he is the picture of an adventurer. Bui...

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