Incidents of the Awful Hurricane-Unparalleled Atrocities
by Lawless Hordes-Earnest Appeals for Help.
ON September I th, the Mayor of Galveston forwarded the
following address to the people of the United States:
"It is my opinion, based on personal information, that 5000
people have lost their lives here. Approximately one-third of the
residence portion of the city has been swept away.
"There are several thousand people who are homeless and
destitute. How many, there is no way of finding out. Arrangements
are now being made to have the women and children sent
to Houston and other places, but the means of transportation are
limited. Thousands are still to be cared for here. We appeal to
you for immediate aid. WALTER C. JONES."
On the same date the following statement of conditions at
Galveston and appeal for aid was issued by the local relief committee:
"A conservative estimate of the loss of life is that it will
reach at least 5,000, and at least that number of families are
shelterless and wholly destitute. The entire remainder of the
population is suffering in a greater or less degree. Not a single
church, school or charitable institution, of which Galveston had
so many, is left intact. Not a building escaped damage, and half
the whole number were entirely obliterated. There is immediate
need for food, clothing and household goods of all kinds. If
nearby cities will open asylums for women and children, the situation
will be greatly relieved. Coast cities should send us water,
as well as provisions, including kerosene, oil, gasoline and
"W. C. Jones, mayor; M. Lasker, president Island City
Saving Bank; J. D. Skinner, president Cotton Exchange; C. H.
McMaster, for Chamber of Commerce; R. G. Lowe, manager
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 May 23, 2015.