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Contents

Pages 1 to 4
Rediscovery of Hubbard's Rock

Pages 5 to 12
Picture Galley (place cursor on pictures to read captions)

Pages 13 to 18
Comments by Rudy Mauro on NL Studies papers, The Naming Compulsion and The Language of Faith and American Exceptionalism

         Mina's Lion Heart Mountains, an appellation with no official status, remains the name that never was. Mount Kipling stands as the only officially recognized reminder of a non-erasable chapter of Labrador history.

          Theorist Parsons, for reasons that may amount to nothing more than name-dropping, refers to a published essay on the Hubbard/Wallace 1903 expedition by Margaret Atwood, the ubiquitous Canadian poet, novelist, short story writer and feminist. Parsons singles out for mention Atwood's revelation that Hubbard's motive for his expedition was to make his name and reputation, as if such stated goals were somehow different from that of all explorers from the beginning of time.
 
          The reader must turn to Atwood's censorious title of her little story within a story, The Labrador Fiasco, and examine her text, for a possible explanation of why Parsons would bother to bring up such a trifling work, however popular with Atwood devotees, in his paper. The answer may be on Page 8. Atwood introduces the fiction that Wallace and Hubbard are not only friends, but also cousins. The reader who thought they were only friends, and happens to know that Wallace was older than Hubbard, may well ask whether the author is trying to send the message that the poor judgement of the older, and therefore dominant, cousin (Wallace), may have contributed to the failure of the 1903 expedition.
 
          Returning to the naming of Mount Kipling, the true sore spot with Jonathan Parsons, he is wrong when he says Mauro petitioned the Canadian government to attach the name to the peak in Wallace's Kipling Mountains. In truth, the choice of the imposing name, Mount Kipling, for the promontory of the Red Wine Mountains adjacent to Wallace's Disappointment Lake, was solely that of the Canadian Permanent Committee on Geographical Names. The committee had previously approved Disappointment and the other descriptive names by Wallace that add real substance to-day's maps of central Labrador, and have captured the imagination of wilderness adventurers, explorers, and legions of readers of The Lure of the Labrador Wild, for generations.
 
          In telephone discussions in 1974 with the Secretary of the Geographical Names Committee in Ottawa, who had become aware of the efforts of Mauro and Wallace's son to fill in the blanks on the map between Disappointment Lake and Hubbard's last camp, the secretary confirmed to Mauro that the committee would not consider changing a long-established name such as Red Wine Mountains. However, the committee was well aware of the significance of the name applied to the range by Wallace before Red Wine Mountains entered common usage, and was anxious to add more names honouring the explorers, to new topographical maps of the area. Would Mauro and Wallace's son be satisfied with the naming of the hill overlooking Disappointment Lake for Kipling (the inspirational figure for Hubbard and countless others, whose immortal words, Their Name Liveth for Evermore, grace the central monument of Canadian and other Commonwealth war cemeteries around the world)? No need for Mauro to consult with his friend, Dillon Wallace III, about answering that question.
 
          So much for Parsons' puzzlement regarding Ottawa's lack of sensitivity towards the aboriginal presence by naming a Labrador mountain for Kipling. In 1974, the recorded history of Labrador stood for something, and the guardians of geographical place names took their work seriously.

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