62 CRY OF DISTRESS IN GALVESTON.
found. Eleven hundred had been tied together in bunches and
sunk into the sea. Last night some fresh water was found by
forces of men who explored the ground until the principal main of
the city water works was found. Tons of rubbish were removed
and the main tapped. I believe the water question is solved for
the present, but money, clothing, wholesome bread, ice, drugs, etc.,
A bulletin from Galveston, via. Virginia Point and Houston,
received here at II A. M., says:
"The situation grows worse every minute, water and ice
needed. People in frenzy from suffering from these causes. Scores
have died since last night, and a number of sufferers have gone
THE STORY INCREASES IN HORROR.
A despatch from Houston summed up the situation as follows:
Houston is now being rapidly filled with refugees from Galveston.
Stragglers have been arriving every few hours, and this afternoon
a trainload of some eight hundred reached the city thoroughly
worn out and disheartened, each with a tale of woe and harrowing
experiences. Contrary to the usual thing in chronicling catastrophes
of the present character the story of Galveston grows worse
as the time progresses and the facts become known. Each chapter
is more appalling than its predecessor, and the burden of death
becomes heavier as the hours roll on. The estimates of the loss of
life have grown from I,ooo to 8,000, and even the latter figure is
said to be too small in the opinion of many of the survivors.
ACTUAL LOSS WILL NEVER BE KNOWN.
The actual loss will never be made known. The storm overwhelmed
entire families, who were swept into the Gulf with the
wreckage of their homes. The bodies may gradually be thrown on
the sands, but identification will be impossible. The committees
are endeavoring to compile lists of both dead and living, but they
will not be accurate, as many mistakes have already been made
and the living reported dead. Registers have been made and
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