Keith Jack diary, Mar 14, 1916, p14
Tuesday 14 March 1916: During this time (untill July 1916) Jack, Cope, Gaze and Stevens are at Cape Evans. The rest of the Ross Sea Party are completing an arduous trek back from Beardmore Glacier and are then stranded at Hut Point waiting for ice to freeze over.
Jack talks about the seal supply and Cope’s lethargy. On several occasions Jack remarks on Cope’s preference for remaining in bed most of the time...
“The temp of the hut now even in the morning before the fire is lighted is usually about 5-10° below FP [freezing point]. After dinner tonight we three hauled in the flenches of seals… Our supply is becoming quite a respectable one now, but we are doing our utmost to conserve it. Cope still remains in his bed the greater part of his time – some days simply getting up for one meal and then turning in again immediately this is over. He says he is not ill, and if this is so it seems a most unnatural existence.”
Flenches is the blubber cut away from the meat.