In 1912, the southern press reported that Robert Janes had found gold at Pond’s Bay. Bernier left the Government service and returned to the north aboard the Minnie Maud with a party of eight. Arriving at Pond’s Bay in late August, he found that of the two ships preceding him, one, the Algerine, had sunk after she had been nipped by ice, while the other, the Neptune, was returning home, having found no trace of the reported gold at Salmon River. At that time about fifty Inuit inhabited Igarjuaq. Bernier took his ship to Albert Harbour for the winter and from there he sent some of his party on hunting and trading expeditions. Bernier himself spent much of his time trading at the station. In 1914, Bernier returned to “Berniera” on the Guide, a small steamer he had just bought in Scotland. Shortly thereafter, Captain H.T. Munn arrived on the Albert (which he had bought for his “Arctic Gold Exploration Syndicate”) and built a small trading post at Button Point. Both Bernier and Munn returned south the following year leaving other men in charge of their respective stations. Bernier was back on his steamer for another wintering season in 1916. Munn had also returned but went on to Southampton Island where he spent the following two winters. In 1918, Munn bought Bernier’s station and the next year sailed again to Igarjuaq, where W. Caron, Bernier’s nephew, had just spent his third winter. In 1920, Munn returned to Igarjuaq to winter for the last time with Caron whom he left in charge in 1921. This same summer, the Hudson’s Bay Company established a post at Pond Inlet, about thirteen kilometres west of Igarjuaq. Gaston Herodier, described, as a man of “vigour and good spirits,” was the Hudson’s Bay Company’s first post manager. Janes came back to the region in 1916 to become a trapper and took up residence at Tulukkan about 25 kilometres west of the present community of Pond Inlet. There he traded in furs, but his story has an unhappy ending. For three years in a row, he had waited in vain for the ship that was to renew his stores, but his lender had given up on him. It was therefore an embittered and desperate man who decided early in 1920 to return south, planning to take with him the greatest possible number of furs on the journey of thousands of kilometres. But by then, Janes had become violent and was a serious concern to the Inuit living in the area. Fearing for the safety of their wives and families while they were away hunting, and because of some nasty incidents, the Inuit decided to kill Janes before he killed them. This plan was indeed carried out at Cape Crawford. Janes died on March 15, 1920. Word of the murder spread south via a passing ship and consequently the RCMP sent Staff Sergeant A.H. Joy to investigate the matter in 1921. A court trial was held with the Inuit and several visiting southern officials present. A local man, Nuqatlak, was found guilty and sentenced to ten years in Stony Mountain Penitentiary near Winnipeg, Manitoba. After only a few months in jail, Nuqatlak contracted tuberculosis and was returned to Pond Inlet to spend his last days. The body of Robert Janes was reburied in a shallow grave on the shore of Eclipse Sound, near Salmon Creek. His grave can still be seen today, beside the grave of another trader, Hector Pitchforth. Pitchforth died at Home Bay but the RCMP later buried his body at Pond Inlet after an investigation into his death. The RCMP became a permanent fixture of the community in the summer of 1922 when the first RCMP detachment was opened beside the Hudson’s Bay Company post. It was the same year that Munn sold all his properties to the Hudson’s Bay Company. After that, Igarjuaq, where most of the region’s population had gathered (at least intermittently) declined in importance. However, it remained the site of a sizeable permanent camp until 1965, when its population moved to Pond Inlet or nearby camps. Very little remains at Igarjuaq from its whaling and trading days, except for the ground which is still saturated with whale and seal oil. Two graves can still be seen at the entrance to the valley behind Igarjuaq. One is that of Frederick Bockenhauser, an oiler on the Arctic, who died on February 11, 1907. The other is that of Arthur Haak, a German cinematographer who had come with Bernier and died of exposure in Navy Board Inlet during a sled trip in March 1915. His body was found huddled up in a sitting position, with a pipe in his mouth and, being frozen, was buried in the same position.