The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 94
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94 THE GULF CITY A MASS OF RUINS.
epidemic, if, indeed, it was not already in its throes. There were
serious indications that the authorities were suppressing the facts.
The eagerness of the Board of Health that two miles of wreck
be burned, whether it threatened to consume the other portion of
the city or not, and the frantic haste of the police to get every
woman and child out of the city, coupled with an order issued that
no one be admitted to the island except for work, not even relatives
of victims or anxious ones searching for relatives, and the seizure
of the railroad running to Texas City to prevent people going to
Galveston, all contributed to stamp the situation as beyond the
control of the handful of inexperienced men in authority. The
consensus of opinion of prominent Houston people who returned
from the city was that the Federal Government owed it to the
country to intervene at once. Otherwise, the danger of contagion
to neighboring cities and States must continue to multiply each
AUTHORITIES AT ODDS.
Galveston, Texas, September I3.-(By Western Union despatch
boat to Houston.)-General McKibben, commanding the
Department of Texas, his aide, and Adjutant-General, LieutenantColonel
Roberts, arrived here last night. General Scurry, Adjutant-General
of Texas, also came in from Austin. Two companies
of regulars from Fort Sam Houston also arrived. Galveston is
now under martial law, by whose orders has not been proclaimed,
and friction has already arisen between the civil authorities and
The sentinels on the street corners do not recognize the passes
issued by Mayor Jones, and ignore him and his police force. If a
person cannot give a good excuse for being on the street after 9 P.
M., he is marched off to jail. Mayor Jones is highly indignant
because his authority is usurped, and law-abiding citizens are hot
because they are held up when they are on an errand of relief to
some stricken friend or family. This is a matter which will be
brought to the attention of General McKibben and Adjutant-General
Scurry, and Mayor Jones will demand that his authority as
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