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216 DOOMED CITY TURNED TO CHAOS.
with all the energy of which he is capable. But, despite their
utmost endeavors, they cannot keep up with the increase in the
miserable conditions which surround them. Water can be
obtained by able-bodied men, but with great difficulty.
Dr. Wallace Shaw, of Houston, who is busily engaged in the
relief work, said that there were 200 people at St. Mary's Infirmary
without fresh water. They had been making coffee of salt
'water and using that as their only beverage. Very little stealing
was reported and there were no killings. The number of men
shot down for robbing the dead proved a salutary lesson, and it
is not expected that there will be any more occurrences of this
sort. The soldiers of the regular army and of the national guard
are guarding the property, and it is impossible for thieves to
SOLDIERS HAVE MIRACULOUS ESCAPE.
The loss of life among the soldiers of the regular army stationed
in the barracks on the beach proves to have been largely
overestimated. The original report was that but fifteen out of the
total number in the barracks on the beach had been saved. Last
night and to-day they turned up singly and in squads, and at
present there are but twenty-seven missing, whereas the first
estimate of casualties in this direction alone was nearly two hundred.
It it probable that some of the twenty-seven will answer
roll call later in the week.
One soldier reached the city this afternoon who had been
blown around in the Gulf of Mexico and had floated nearly fifty
miles going and coming, on a door. Another one who showed up
to-day declared that he owed his life to a cow. It swam with him
nearly three miles. The cow then sunk and the soldier swam the
balance of the way to the mainland himself.
Efforts were made this afternoon to pick up the dead bodies
that have floated in with the tide, after having been once cast into
the sea. This is awful work, and few men are found with sufficiently
strong nerves to last it more than thirty minutes at a time.
All of the bodies are badly decomposed, swolloe to cnortmo0u preo
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