National Geographic : 1900 Nov
AFRICA THE LARGEST GAME PRESERVE IN THE WORLD 445 an early hour, and it was not until then we could appreciate the full extent of the calamity which had befallen the town. " Fully three-fourths of all the buildings had entirely disappeared from the scene, and of those remaining, a large part were in utter ruins. Many of those remaining had been swept from their original foundation-some but a few yards, others several blocks. " Numerous bayous indented the shore, occupying the places where prominent buildings stood 24 hours previous. Five of these bayous extended clear across the town, and now join the lake in rear of the town. Seven others of considerable proportion had extended their encroachments but partially across." Leaving Indianola much impressed by the immense damage wrought, and a few days later passing through Galveston, I broached to Mr E. O. C. MacInerney, for years city clerk, the probability of Galveston suffering similarly in later years. Mr Maclnerney had served for years as an observer-sergeant of the Signal Corps at Gal veston, and was alive to the observations I then made. He informed me that steps were being taken to strengthen the ocean beach so as to render it less liable to the action of the sea. Whether such cor rective measures were continued or not I do not know, but it is evi dent both Galveston's late experience and the fate of Indianola, which was practically destroyed, emphasize the gravity of the situa tion. The best engineering talent of the country should apply itself to the prompt solution of the problem of protecting the tens of thou sands of valuable lives and tens of millions of property from the assaults of the sea, whose wildest hurricanes threaten the stability of the western Gulf coast. AFRICA THE LARGEST GAME PRESERVE IN THE WORLD The fact that the wild animals of the world are in danger of exter mination is being forcibly driven home to the minds of all who are interested in natural history. This condition is the result of the ruthless persistence with which game of every kind is hunted, and it may be laid at the door mainly of the rapacious gatherers of hides and ivory. These, however, are assisted to a marked degree by sportsmen and hunters, who for mere sport kill great numbers of valuable animals and wantonly slaughter the fish and birds.