The great Galveston disaster, containing a full and thrilling account of the most appalling calamity of modern times including vivid descriptions of the hurricane

38 A NIGHT OF HORRORS.
erty of the New York Dredging Company, which cut the Port
Arthur Channel, sunk at the mouth of Taylor Bayou. No other
property of consequence was injured.
At Sabine Pass the water reached a depth of about three feet,
but nothing except small buildings near the water-front were
washed away. Several mud-scows and sloops were washed ashore.
The Southern Pacific wharves and warehouses were not damaged
in the least. The railroad between Beaumont and Sabine Pass was
under water for a distance of twelve miles, but not more than four
miles were washed out. The life-saving station of Sabine Pass was
washed from its blocks, but the light tower was not damaged.
There was considerable damage at Sabine Pass by water rising into
the streets.
ARMY TENTS AND RATIONS FOR THE SUFFERERS.
The officers of the National Governllent took steps at once to
render all possible aid and assistance to the flood-sufferers of
Texas. The President sent telegrams of sympathy to the Governor
of the State and the Mayor of Galveston, and promised to
render all possible relief. Adjutant-General Corbin also telegraphed
instructions to General McKibbin, commanding the Departmeat
of Texas at San Antonio, to proceed to Galveston and
investigate the character and extent of the damage caused by the
hurricane, and to report to the Secretary of War what steps were
necessary to alleviate the sufferings of the people and improve the
situation.
Battery 0, First Artillery, which garrisoned Fort San Jacinto,
was commanded by Captain William C. Rafferty. First Lieutenant
Lassiter was on detail duty at West Point, but the Second Lieutenant,
J. C. Nichols, was with his company during the storm. Acting
Secretary of the Treasury Spalding ordered two revenue cutters,
one at Norfolk and one at Wilmington, N. C., to proceed at once to
Mobile, Ala., and there await orders. They were needed in supplying
food and tents to the storm-sufferers.
Governor Sayers, of Texas, applied to the \War Department
for o1,ooo tents and 50,00o rations for immediate use for the

Lester, Paul. The great Galveston disaster, containing a full and thrilling account of the most appalling calamity of modern times including vivid descriptions of the hurricane. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/. Accessed September 16, 2014.