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sufferers. Acting Secretary Meiklejohn issued an order granting
the request. The tents were sent from San Antonio and Jefferson
Barracks, Missouri. A large portion of the rations was procured
at San Antonio.
AN APPEAL FROM HOUSTON.
The following telegrams passed between the White House and
" Houston, Texas, September Io.-WXilliam McKinley, President
of the United States, Washington, D. C.: I have been deputized
by the Mayor and Citizens' Committee of Galveston to inform
you that the city of Galveston is in ruins, and certainly many
hundreds, if not a thousand, are dead. The tragedy is one of the
most frightful in recent times. Help must be given by the State
and Nation or the suffering will be appalling. Food, clothing and
tloney will be needed at once. The whole south side of the city
for three blocks in from the Gulf is swept clear of every building,
the whole wharf front is a wreck and but few houses in the city are
really habitable. The water supply is cut off and the food stock
damaged by salt water. All bridges are washed away, and stranded
steamers litter the bay. When I left this moring the search for
bodies had begun. Corpses were everywhere. Tempest blew
eighty-four miles an hour, and then carried Government instrunents
away. At same time waters of Gulf were over whole city,
having risen twelve feet. Water has now subsided, and the survivors
are left helpless among the wreckage, cut off from the world
except by boat. RICHARD SPILLANE."
" Washington, September Io.-Hon. J. D. Sayers, Governor of
Texas, Austin, Texas: The reports of the great calamity which
has befallen Galveston and other points on the coast of Texas
excite my profound sympathy for the sufferers, as they will stir,
the hearts of the whole country. Whatever help it is possible toi,
give shall be gladly extended. Have directed the Secretary of
War to supply rations and tents upon your request.
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 January 29, 2015.