Since the first visit to the ice cap of the south pole was made, some fifty years ago, there has been a steady recession of the belt of some thirty miles, and it is argued that in the course of time it will be possible to make approach to the pole itself and that the land in that vicinity may even become inhabited. It is now believed that the ice cap is bet the remains of the glacial period and that when the ice shall finally have melted it will not form again, the waters then being subjected to only such ice formations as occur in any sea in wintry weather.

Source: Clarence & Richmond Examiner