ARCTIC ARCHIPELAGO - The Searchers For Franklin
"During this second expedition (1864–69) to King William Island, he found remains and artifacts from the Franklin expedition, and made more inquiries about their fate from natives living there. Hall eventually realized that the stories of survivors had become garbled and unreliable, either by the Inuit or his own readiness to give them overly optimistic interpretations. He also became disillusioned with the Inuit by the discovery that the remnants of Franklin's expedition had deliberately been left to starve. He failed to consider that it would have been impossible for the local population to support such a large group of supernumeraries."2
1 McClintock, The Voyage of the 'Fox'..., p. 50.
2 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Francis_Hall "All the Esquimaux information affords is a general concurrence of testimony in main points; but it is often conflicting, sometimes both contradictory and incredible in detail, yet occasionally most graphic and touching." (McClintock, Ibid., p. 72.)