Science: Again, Everest

Before he and his companions swung aboard a boat train in London last week, prim-faced, bespectacled Hugh Ruttledge said to newshawks: "I believe we'll make it this time." He added thoughtfully, "With any reasonable weather."

Mr. Ruttledge was departing for Darjeeling, India, and his purpose was to command another well-prepared assault on the 29,140 ft. pinnacle of Mt. Everest. The Ruttledge expedition of 1933 was turned back by bad weather after one member, Francis Sydney Smythe, fought up to 1,000 ft. from the top. This year's party, toughened alpinists all, includes Climber Smythe...

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