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and in company with Clegg Stewart, made for the mainland, which
they reached after hours of exposure.
In every direction crossing the bay they saw the feet of corpses
sticking out of the water. Upon reaching land they walked to
Hitchcock, Mr. Stewart's home, and found that twenty-five persons
had lost their lives there, and that, in addition, fifty bodies that had
floated ashore had been buried near there.
MONEY BADLY NEEDED.
The Galveston local relief committee sent out the following:
" We are receiving numerous telegrams of condolence and
offers of assistance. As the telegraph wires are burdened, we beg
the Associated Press to communicate this response to all. Nearby
cities are supplying and will supply sufficient food, clothing, etc.,
for immediate needs. Cities farther away can serve us best by
sending money. Checks should be made payable to John Sealy,
Chairman of the Finance Committee.
" All supplies should come to W. A. McVitie, Chairman Relief
Committee. We have 25,ooo people to clothe and feed, for many
weeks, and to furnish with household goods. Most of these are
homeless and the others require money to make their wrecked residences
habitable. From this the world may understand how much
money we will need. This committee will, from time to time, report
our needs with more particularity. We refer tc despatch
of this date of Major R. G. Lowe, which the committee fully endorses.
" All communicants will please accept this answer in lieu of
direct response and be assured of the heartfelt gratitude of the
entire population. [Signed] "W. C. JONES, Mayor."
CARNEGIE'S PRINCELY GIFT.
The Carnegie Company, of Pittsburg, was foremost in the
contributions to the relief of the sufferers at Galveston. At the
meeting of the Chamber of Commerce a motion to contribute $5000
was under discussion, when a representative of the Carnegie Company
entered and said that he had been authorized by Mr. Cartegie
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 March 9, 2014.