72 CRY OF DISTRESS IN GALVESTON.
The relief work, now under full sway at Houston, is along two
lines-to succor those who cannot leave Galveston and to bring out
of the city all those who can and are willing to leave.
Mayor Jones and the citizens' committee of the island city are
urging that only those shall be permitted to enter Galveston whose
presence is imperative, and transportation lines are straining every
nerve in order that they may accord the privilege to those who are
pleading to get away from the scenes of horror and desolation
Hundreds of people have come to Houston from the four
points of the compass, anxious to get into the stricken town, but
since the exodus of islanders has begun many of these have concluded
to remain here rather than run the risk of missing on the
way those for whom they are in search.
ATTEMPT TO SUM UP THE LOSSES.
News has gradually been reaching here of the immense losses
along the coast beyond Galveston. Damage difficult to estimate in
dollars and cents has been done in a wide stretch of territory, and
many human lives have been lost besides those which were wiped
out in Galveston and its immediate vicinity. Based on reports
believed to be accurate) the following statement is probably as near
correct as can be arrived at at this time:
Place. Lives lost. Property loss.
Galveston. . ........... 8oo0 $Io,ooo,ooo
Houston ............. 2 300,000
Alvin . ... ..... .. 9 oo,0ooo
Hitchcock . 2 75,000
Richmond ...... 3 75,000
Fort Bend county ....... 9 3oo,000
Wharton ...... ..
Wharton county .......... 8 Iooooo
Colorado county ..... .
Angleton .... 3 75,000
Velasco .. . ...
Other points in Brazoria county . . . . 4 30,000
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