Introductory Considerations

The San Francisco Examiner for September 25, 1899, contains a letter sent from Yakutat, Alaska, September 17, by the Reverend Sheldon Jackson, giving a vivid but exaggerated account of a series of earthquake shocks beginning September 3 and still continuing at the date of writing the letter. Some of the statements are evidently erroneous, but many of them were verified by us.* The first shock occurred September 3, and there were shocks at intervals until September 10, when, at 9.20 a m, they began to be alarming. There were 52 shocks, culminating in one of great violence at 3 p m. The land swayed, the waters of the bay rose and fell 8 to 10 feet every few minutes, and violent eddies were set up in the harbor, washing into the sea an Indian burial ground at Port Mulgrave, opposite Yakutat. Most of the . . .

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