CRY OF DISTRESS IN GALVESTON. 65
NINETY NEGROES EXECUTED.
It is said that ninety negroes have been executed for robbery,
and it is unsafe for any one to stir at night unless provided with a
passport from the officer in charge. A description of the burning
of the dead and the burial at sea is beyond reproduction. All sentiment
is at an end. It has become a matter of self-protection and in
order to avoid pestilence rapid disposal of the corpses is necessary.
Several loads of lime have been sent from here, with other disinfectants.
The people of Galveston have had no bread since the
storm save what little has been sent from Houston. A cracker
factory opened its doors Sunday and sold its entire contents in a
short time. Some food was left after the storm, but this is rapidly
Bonfires are burning all over the city. They are the funeral
of a thousand festering corpses cast back upon the shore at high
tide yesterday. Cremation has become a necessity to prevent an
epidemic. The negroes refuse to work, and the townspeople are
paralyzed with fright and suffering, or are making preparations to
leave the doomed island.
The first train to carry refugees to Texas City, seven miles
across the bay, was announced this morning, and since daylight a
thousand men, women and children have been crowding into catboats,
lifeboats, sloops, schooners and a single steamboat, the Lawrence,
all bent on escaping from the city. Nearly all of them have
lost some member of their families. The women wear no hats, are
unkempt and ill-clad. They look as if haunted.
THE CITY OFFICIALS IN A LIVELY QUARREL.
The situation has gotten beyond the control of the authorities.
i The powers in control have been quarreling. Last night at 7
o'clock every citizen soldier under command of Major Fayling was
called in, disarmed and mustered out of service. Chief of Police
Ketchum then took charge, and the Major was relieved of his command.
During an hour and a half the city was unguarded. Negro
looters held high carnival.
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