The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 92
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92 THE GULF CITY A MASS OF RUINS.
given to them. They found sheds torn away, freight cars ovelturned
and planking ripped off.
" The steamships reported ashore in early reports are, save two,
the Norwegian steamer Gyller and the British steamer Norma, still
high and dry.
" No examination is yet possible as to the condition of those
still on the sand, but the big tug H. C. Wilmott has arrived from
New Orleans, and her assistance is to be given to saving those
vessels which can be gotten into deep water again. Apparently,
however, Galveston has no immediate need for ships. The
destruction of the bridges of all the railroads entering the city
makes it well nigh impossible to furnish outgoing cargoes. These
bridges were each about three miles in length, and the work of
reconstruction will be a stupendous undertaking.
THE CITY STILL IN DARKNESS.
" One of the most serious results of the storm has been the
ripping of the electric light and street car plants. The city has
been in absolute darkness for several nights, and only a few
concerns who operate their own illuminating service are enabled to
do business. Nearly every residence has gone back to the primitive
candle. The absence of street lights drives all those who have no
imperative business on the streets to their homes at nightfall, but
the work of the patrol system is made more difficult thereby and
the opportunity for looting greater.
" Among the worst sufferers by the disaster were the churches.
Nearly every one of them felt the effect of the storm. Some of
them are entire wrecks, absolutely beyond repair.
"The work of relief continues energetically. Mayor Jones
and his associates are bending every nerve to open a direct line of
transportation with Houston by which he may be enabled promptly
to receive the great quantity of provisions which are now on the
way to the city."
The War Department received the following telegram from
General McKibben, who was sent to Galveston to report on conditions
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