At the New Willard Hotel in Washington D. C. on January 11, 1913, the annual banquet of The National Geographic Society was held. The toastmaster and discoverer of the North Pole, Admiral Robert E. Peary and the guest of honor, and discoverer of the South Pole, Captain Roald Amundsen were among the speakers. A few words from Admiral Peary:
Efforts to attain the North Pole have been going on for nearly 400 years.
Efforts to reach the South Pole date back 140 years.
The history of North Polar exploration is studded with crushed and foundering ships and the deaths of hundreds of brave men.
The history of South Polar exploration shows the loss of but one ship and the loss of two or three men.
In one respect the two poles are alike.
Their conquest depended, in the last analysis, upon the first primal machine, the most wonderful and adjustable of all – the animal, man, and the Eskimo dog.
Anon. (1913, January). Honors to Amundsen and Peary. The National Geographic Magazine, pp. 113-130