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152 BURNING THE RUINS AND TIE DEAD.
are down the beach as far as Fort Crockett. Fort Travis-Battery
for three fifteen-pound guns, concrete intact, standing on
piling, water underneath. Battery for two eight-inch guns, concrete
intact, except eastern emplacement, which has cracked off;
eastern gun down and twenty feet from battery; western one all
right; concrete standing on piling, water underneath middle of
battery. These batteries were inspected from the channel.
"The shore line has moved back about one thousand feet,
about on the line of the rear of these batteries. All buildings
and other structures gone. Inspection was made with General
McKibben. Recommendation was made that all fortifications and
property be transferred to the Engineer Department ; that for the
present batteries be considered non-existent, so that future work
may be chargeable as original construction.
"Much ordnance can be saved if given prompt attention.
Unless otherwise instructed, I will take charge of these works at
once and save all possible. New projects for jetties and forts
cannot be submitted for several weeks, until definite detailed infor:nation
is had. Further recommendations will then be submitted
as soon as possible. Galveston is still a deep water port, and such
a storm is not likely to reoccur for years."
ESTIMATES OF THE DEAD ARE TOO LOW.
Austin, Tex., Sept. 14-" I am thoroughly satisfied, after
spending two days in Galveston, that the estimate of 6000 dead is
too conservative. It will exceed that number. Nobody can even
estimate or will ever know within iooo of how many lives were
This was the opinion of Assistant State Health Officer I. J.
Jones, who arrived at Austin directly from Galveston, where he
was sent by Governor Sayres to investigate the condition of the
3tate quarantine station. Dr. Jones made an inspection of the
sanitary condition of the city, and in his report said further:
"It was with the greatest difficulty that I reached Galveston.
At the quarantine situated in the Gulf, a mile and a half from the
tle wharves, I found things in a state of ruin, The quar-
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