Fantastic Fables by Ambrose Bierce: At the Pole
At the Pole
AFTER a great expenditure of life and treasure a Daring Explorer had succeeded in reaching the North Pole, when he was approached by a Native Galeut who lived there.
"Good morning," said the Native Galeut. "I'm very glad to see you, but why did you come here?"
"Glory," said the Daring Explorer, curtly.
"Yes, yes, I know," the other persisted; "but of what benefit to man is your discovery? To what truths does it give access which were inaccessible before? - facts, I mean, having a scientific value?"
"I'll be Tom scatted if I know," the great man replied, frankly; "you will have to ask the Scientist of the Expedition."
But the Scientist of the Expedition explained that he had been so engrossed with the care of his instruments and the study of his tables that he had found no time to think of it.