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Many Of The Sick To Be Moved

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camp wiköiï, MomauK .point, L,. l., Aug. 3Ö.-Efforts are being made to transport some of the sick at Camp Wikoff to New Yörk city, xvhere they can be cared for at the hospitals. Bettveen 600 and 700 can thus be cared for. Friends of sick soldiers have in many cases found it impossible to lócate them at Camp Wikoff, as a tour of the grounds involves about twenty-five miles of walking-. Six hundred beds have been added, a tardy effort thus being made to remedy early lack oí forethonght. The total number of sick shows something of a decrease. There are fifty yellow fever convalescents. The Seventy-first New York has taken its departure, the weak men in line making a pitiable sight. Saturday President McKinley is to review the troops at Montauk Point. He wlÜ also improve the opportunity to make a personal investigation of conditions here. Secretary Alger will come Thursday and will do everything in hls power to have the camp in first-class condition before the president arrivés. An investigation of the medical administration or the Santiago campaign and the management at Camp Thomas has been asked by Surgeon General Sternberg. He says that just as soon as K ig possible for surgeons to leave their poste at the hospitals he will ask the appointment of the investigating board. pr. Senn is reported to have said that if the troope Btay there another month there will be an epidemie oí typhoid. 'fhig view is based on the pöor sanitary condition here. Dr. Senn says the drinking water ig undoubtedly eontaminated. Trti-ench oj Phiiadelphia, who made a tour ot Camp Wikoff, was almost overpowered by the suffering he saw. He said it made him sick at heart to see these men actually starving. The food, he said. was not fit to eat and as a consequence he thought an outbreak of scurvy possible. "Locking at the thing from a purely practical standpoint it is false economy for the g-vernment to proyide poor acêommmodations or inadequate súpplies for the „soldier1 s'aid one offlcer. Considera ole money lg saved by not keeping transport hospitaj süips and jyimps ready for use, at ány tirrje. büt fhe sick lísT ís swéned _tg S'jch an extent under pr'éset COViuítions that therg wlil" be á p6íision list of tréme'ñ3oüs proportions to be met, 'later on. Leaving aside all humanitarian principies it would pay the government to be ready to care for soldiers in case of emergency. Present conditions in the war department are wrong. "Aceording to the present plan no allowance is made for the vast differer.ce in climatic conditions in this country, ït is not right to rush northern men into the tropics and then back again. Soldiers should be obtained as far as possible in the same latitude in i-hich they are to fight. This, of course, "e-u4d put Mr. íxtrerr.e!y hta.vy burden on certain helts. In order to obviate this men should be enlisted during times of peace and acclimated - that is, if we are to attempt to go to war. Incompetent officials add fearfully to the soldiers' burdens at present." Criminal neglect is charged against sorr.e of the doctors at the hospitals here. Some lives are said to have been itnply throxvn av.-aj Written charges are being: prepared in some cases.


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