--Galiguani says: ‘"Five German savants, and among them Professor Pitcher
, are at present in the midst of the ice near the summit of Mont Blanc
They have not suffered from the cold, having taken all necessary precaution to guarantee themselves against it; but they have sustained great inconvenience from the atmosphere, and cannot succeed in satisfying their thirst.
They took with them abundance of provisions, but could not eat without pain, and only desired to drink.
As a protection against the reverberation of the sun on the snow, they wear a covering over the face, but their features have become so blistered that they can scarcely be recognized.
According to the last accounts they would not be able to live long at the height at which they are, without being subjected to great changes, physical and moral.
They took up with them some animals, which have also suffered greatly; a cat was incapable of making any movement, and a dog for some days had ceased to bark.--Some pigeons appeared to suffer leas."’