Foreign News: No Man's Land?

North of Eastern Siberia, an island 70 miles long, 40 miles wide, consisting chiefly of naked rocks, and inhabited normally by nothing but polar bears, is claimed by Russia, Canada, the United States; and there is a possibility that Japan may come into the controversy.

Wrangel Land was sighted by Siberians early in the 19th Century. Baron Ferdinand Wrangel, a Russian explorer, attempted to penetrate the island, but failed. In retaliation he gave it his name. Hence the Soviet claim.

Thomas Long, American whaler, cruised along the island in 1867, but its real...

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