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Bound Report from the Spanish American War National Relief Commission, Letters and Reports from the Commissioners in the Field. Outline of the Second Part.

np (Washington DC?) 1898 Contemporary copy of the original typewritten report on plain paper (some additional printed reports, etc. affixed to a few pages), no letterhead, bound into a book, boards w/ black cloth spine, unpag (report is almost half inch thick). Covers are well worn, soiled, sunned, chipped, small tears, front cover is detached from text block, pages have toning, small tears, chipping, light soiling else good. From the Introduction: "Rev. Henry C. McCook, D.D. and Rabbi Joseph Krauskopf, D.D., members of the Executive Committee were appointed to visit the camps in the South to make arrangements as far as possible for the supply of their needs and to report the results of their visitations to the Executive Committee. The following letters received from them at various times and from different localities together with their official reports furnish interesting information as to the condition and needs of these several camps in the South at the beginning of the war with Spain." Some of the letters were sent to Gen. Russell A. Alger, the secretary of war, requesting supplies or to members of the commission, i.e., M.S. French, M.D., secretary of the commission, or the Hon. William Potter, the chairman of the commission. McCook and Krauskopf (and other commissioners) traveled not only throughout the South but also went to Porto Rico (sic) and Santiago, Cuba. Badly needed supplies were taken to those two countries but upon arrival more were needed. Especially needed were tents as the rainy season had started and the wounded and ill soldiers (typhoid and malaria present) were lying uncovered in the downpour and ice and water filtration systems. Cuba was especially bad, being called by the commissioners the "Yellow Fever Center of the World." Conditions were poor, the stench was overwhelming, hardly any medical supplies, roads washed out. Travel was by horseback and on one of the camp inspections met up with Col. Theodore Roosevelt and some of his Rough Riders. Descriptions of Santiago and Porto Rico (sic) are detailed and graphic. Of interest is one of the commissioners' observations on Porto Rico (sic): ". . . The existing social conditions on this Island . . . Are much better adapted to the welfare of the negro Soldier, than to the white men. I very much doubt, if it will be possible to keep white garrisons in many of the towns of Porto Rico (sic), in a contented and healthy condition. The Negro, however, will, I think, find himself entirely at home . . ." An interesting collection.

Book Id: 97-8607

Price: $495.00

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