A telephone line having been laid earlier between Cape Evans and Hut Point, someone now rang up to report trouble with the motors. Scott immediately took Wilson and six others out, only to find that rescue was unneeded.
Losing two days "just when we wanted them most of all for letter writing and final arrangements has been rather a trial," wrote Wilson in his diary. "A host of things have had to be left to the last moment and now it becomes a rush to get them done in time." 
 E.A. Wilson, diary, 27 October, 1911, quoted by Roland Huntford in Scott and Amundsen (New York : Putnam, 1980, c1979), p.421.