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confidently expected that within the next ten days the work of restoration
by the people of Galveston will have begun in good earnest
and with energy and success. Of course, the destruction of property
has been very great-not less than $IO,000,000, but it is hoped
and believed that even this great loss will be overcome through the
energy and self-reliance of the people."
During the day the contributions have fairly deluged the
Governor, upwards of $Ioo,ooo having been received. Among the
large contributors are to be noted the Standard Oil Company, with
$Io,ooo; St. Louis Commercial Club for a like amount, and the
Huntington interests for $5,000
THE TRANSPORTATION PROBLEM.
This afternoon Governor Sayres received the following official
report from General Manager Trice, of the International and Great
Northern Railroad, who is conducting the operations of the relief
corps at Galveston:
" To Governor Sayres, Austin, Tex.-Your message of yesterday
received. The cars containing the tents and rations were
turned over to the barge line this morning and forwarded to Galveston,
arrangements having been made for all freight to be
handled by barges hauled by tugs from Clinton to Galveston, and
passengers by our line to Texas City, and by boats from Texas
City to Galveston. This is the best arrangement that can be made,
and it prevents delay to either the freight or the passenger service,
for, if we handled the freight with the passengers to Texas City, to
transfer from the cars to the boats would cause too much delay to
the passenger service.
" We brought in one train, consisting of about three hundred
Galveston people, to Houston to-day, and will get another train-load
to-night, mostly women and children, which will make about 600
that we will get out of Galveston to-day. The passenger and
freight service between Houston and Galveston is all free
for sufferers, and we are issuing transportation to all points
north of Houston to all sufferers not able to pay their way.
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