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Sandy Hook An Island

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Sinco Üie big storm of October 12 and 14 swept up the coast the northerti end of Sandy Hook has been transformèd frcni a península into an Island. Four mili a : outh of tho oíd New i sey Southern Rai!roa;l boat landing, i and five milea south of the point of the Hook is the bathing reaort of Highland Beach. The bathing grounds are just across the Shrewsbury river from the two big lighthouses knowa as Highland Lights. Kor a full mila the strip of beach is very narrow, anil in that distance thcre is no point where j the river and ocean are separatcd by more than 100 yards. Jetties and bulkheads have been erected, and many train loiuls of stona havo been dumped there in past yeara to profeet the ioad track from ocean storms, and tho preventivo nieasures have been j ful until the last big storm carne along. I Now the sea comes through into tha Shrewsbury by way of an inlet 600 yards in width and tho breakers make the little river steamers roll as they pass by the inlet on their way up to New York. Yeara ago, betere the railroad company had to abandon the ïlook altogether to the federal ernment, lors and heavy piling was driven to BCpport the track. It was driven deep and well braced, and it stood the storm well. To-day tt is the only eonnection between the mainland and the He:-'.;. The indicatlons are that the next storm wül remove even this link, to? the new inlet is becomlng wider and deeper with each tide. In the early part oL this century the bulk of the water of Shrewsbury river and its tributarles passed out into the ocean at very point. So wide and I i deep was this old-time inlet that many ' et Yankee craft eacaped British war ves seis by slipping through it into the Shrewsbury. It looks as though the old inlet had come to stay, for even : now it would take huudreds of train loads of stone and eaith to clos the breach. If the government desires complete isolation for its fortifications and proving grounds it is in a fair way t


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