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The schooner Wahlberg reached San Diego on July £7, with four men who had been on Nativirlad Island SP.veral months. They were ex-Sergeant Sandford (formerly of Company H. of the First Infantry, United States Army, in Sin Diego), T. Conner?, Jack Dampier, and Bill Andrews, the three last-named being sailors. Tbey were in a pitiable condition when found by the crew nf the Wahlberg, and had given up hope of rescue, having been on the islan't over seven months, living on clams and fish. They suffered most from the lack of good water on the island. Their clothing was in rag 3, their beards long and unkempt, and altogether they presented a horrible appearance as they stood on the shore"and waited for the Wahlberg's boat to land. The rescued men" tell a thrilling story of their experiences on Natividad. They had gone south on a fishing cruise and bad only a limited supply of provisions when they landed on the. island. These gave out in less than a month, and their food from that time until rescued by the Wahlberg ha I been such as they could find on the beach and by fishing in the surf. The island is barren, with no water on the surface, and holes we're dug, which supplied the men with water of the most brackish character.

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Evening Star, Evening Star, Issue 10456, 28 October 1897

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TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE OF FOUR MEN. Evening Star, Issue 10456, 28 October 1897