Letter: Eaten by bears

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Eaten by bears

Sir: A third explanation of the possible fate of Sir John Franklin ("Was Britain's greatest Arctic explorer a victim of cannibals?", 12 June) deserves consideration, as suggested by Sir Edwin Landseer in his painting Man Proposes, God Disposes (1863-64). Polar bears. Although this idea upset Lady Franklin at the time, perhaps now it would be the most tactful compromise.

ANN CLEMENTS

Surbiton, Surrey

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