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All improvements, temporary buildings, property and stores at
both Jacinto and Crockett destroyed and swept clean.
A second telegram followed:
"Galveston, Texas, Sept. II, 900o.-Referring to my telegram
of yesterday, via Houston, I urgently recommend that fair
compensation be made to contractors for their losses, and that
they be relieved of their contracts. If fortifications are rebuilt at
or near their present sites I urgently recommend that quarters for
troops be purchased and built on higher ground in the city, centrally
located. Wharves destroyed; all railroad bridges swept away
and building operations of any nature cannot be resumed under
six weeks or two monthss"
A VOICE FROM JOHNSTOWN.
Mayor Woodruff, of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, issued the
following proclamation: "Later and more definite information of
the fearful destruction of life and property at Galveston and other
places in Texas recalls to our attention the awful calamity in
Johnstown and vicinity eleven years ago. Whole squares of
homes have been swept away, hundreds of dead are lying unburied
and thousands of people destitute. This would be a fitting
time to show our gratitude for what the world did for us in
the hour of need. Any contributions left at the banks in this
city will be acknowledged and promptly forwarded to the authorities
in charge of the work of relief. Already over $200 without
any call for aid has been subscribed to a relief fund."
A special despatch from Galveston tells the following story of
the great calamity, showing that scarcely a building was undamlaged
or a family that did not lose one or more members. It is
roughly estimated that the death list will approximate 6,000 and
the property loss will be many millions. Scarcely a building in
the city escaped injury and the loss on stocks of goods cannot be
estimated. All the extreme eastern and southern part and the
western portion, south of avenue Q,oto the Gulf, is either washed
away or demolished and the dead are thrown in every direction.
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 July 12, 2014.