Part B The Journal
The journal which recorded the chilling and gruesome details of the next eight months from Nov 1927-Jun 1928 serves to complete this legacy far better than a narration of the climax. Only the most significant details of the entries are recorded here.
25 Oct 1927 " 1st blizzard, lasted 4 days"
Nov -Dec 1927 entries reveal that they were already short of food
Jan 1927 " temperature dropped to -54 degrees F "
11 Feb 1928 "Hope to God we get caribou soon as nothing seems to get in traps
and flour is nearly gone and we are grovlling around for rotten fish"
16 Feb 1928 "We have 12 cups of flour and 20 lbs of sugar and hides for food"
Mar 1928 "Killed one more Caribou"
17 Apr 1928 "At 6:45 last evening poor Jack passed peacefully away. Until that
minute I remained the same but then I was a wreck. Harold good pal was a
Marvel in Helping me and things a little straight for the night. We both are very
weak but were more cheery and determined tp pull through and go out to let the
World know of the last days of the finest Man I have Ever known"
4 May 1928 " Harold Adlard took to his bed to never rise again"
18 May 1928 " Saw three robins and a swan sign of spring"
1 Jun 1928 " Got out- too weak and all in now. Let Things Late"
End of Journal
Just prior to his death, Edgar wrote four words on a piece of paper which he left on
the cold stove. "Who Look In Stove". He then placed his journal on the
cold ashes in the stove, covered himself up with his red Hudson Bay
blanket and waited to die. It was almost a year later in the summer of 1929 that
a party of prospectors investigated the cabin. The skeletal remains of two adults wrapped in blankets and canvass were found outside the cabin and a third body inside.
On 8 Aug 1929 Sergeant C. Trundle an inspector for the Great Slave Lake Region
of the NWT reported a grisly scene in a rundown cabin on the banks of the Thelon
River. An ironic observation was made in the report that the ground outside the
cabin was full of tunnels and warrens. Excrement of caribou was also found on the
The rundown cabin and the three crosses over the graves are all that remain in the oasis of tranquility on the Thelon River.
Research sources: "Unflinching: A diary of Tragic Adventure"
" Thelon: A River Sanctuary" by David F. Pelly.