Just as Cook seemed to be gaining ground in his attempt to have his
given an official hearing in Congress, he suddenly went off in another
abandoning his congressional fight. Perhaps Cook realized
claim would never stand such scrutiny. Besides, world events
moving the United States toward involvement in the European war, and
had lost interest in the question of who first reached the North Pole.
Cook could see his career as a lecturer coming to an end and began
for a new line of work.