The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 53, July 1949 - April, 1950 Page: 208
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Fort Mason was the first post in Texas at which I met Indians.
They were of the Tonkaway tribe, some thirty in number, and had
come in to beg, and a more squalid, half-starved looking race I have
never seen. It appears to be usual for Commanding Officers on such
occasions to direct the issue to these poor creatures of small quantities
of corn and damaged pork or bacon, though I believe there is no
regulation authorizing such issues. Humanity, however, requires them
to be made, and the actual expense to the Government is really very
trifling, as condemned provisions when sold by auction, conformably
to the Subsistence Regulations, are invariably sacrificed-the sales
seldom realising much more than sufficient to cover the auctioneers
The hospital department, under Asst. Surgeon L. Guild, was in
excellent condition. The building which is constructed of logs, con-
tains only two rooms, a ward and a dispensary, but is it considered
sufficiently large for the wants of the command. Dr. Guild represents
Fort Mason to be remarkably healthy. He states that no disease is
endemic to that particular locality and that they are peculiarly ex-
empt even from disease of a malarious origin-remittent and inter-
mittent fevers, the diseases peculiar to the climate, occurring only
among recruits immediately after their arrival, or among parties on
detached service from the post. The highest monthly mean temper-
ature during the year was 81o, in August,-the lowest mean, in Jan-
uary, 480 a2. The highest range of the thermometer was 95, in July
-the lowest, in December and February 20.
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