48 INCIDENTS OF THE AWFUL HURRICANE.
Mayor Brashear immediately replied that all supplies would
be distributed where mostly needed. A telegram from Arcola was
received, and there were twenty-five persons there, mostly women
and children, in urgent need of relief.
TENTS AND RATIONS SENT.
Orders were issued by the War Department at Washington
for the immediate shipment to Galveston of 855 tents and 50,000
rations. These stores and supplies were divided between St.
Louis and San Antonio. This represented about all such supplies
as the Government had on hand at the places named, but
it was stated at the Department that the order could be duplicated
in a day.
Mayor Van Wyck, of New York, issued an appeal to the citizens
of New York, on the i Ith, for help for the sufferers of Galveston,
heading the appeal with a $500 subscription.
The Mayor also sent the following telegram to Mayor
Brashear, of Houston, Texas:
" Hon. S. E. Brashear, Mayor, Houston, Texas.-In response
to your telegram I have issued a call to the people of the city of
New York to contribute to the relief of those afflicted by the disaster
at Galveston. Please express to the Mayor of Galveston
the profound sympathy of the people of New York for the people
of Galveston in this hour of their distress.
" ROBERT A. VAN WYCK, Mayor."
Ten doctors and twenty nurses from Bellevue Hospital, New
York, volunteered to go to Galveston and help care for the injured
and sick. They left New York by special train in the evening.
The following cablegram was received by the American representative
of Sir Thomas Lipton :
"Very grieved to see press reports here regarding fearful
calamity befallen Galveston. Sufferers have my deepest and most
heartfelt sympathy. If getting up public subscription will be
glad to give $iooo.
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