The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 95
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THE GULF CITY A MASS OF RUINS. 95
Chief Executive of the city be respected and recognized by the
Houston is the haven of the unfortunate people of Galveston.
Trains have already brought in between 500 and I,ooo of the survivors,
and a motley crowd they are. Men bareheaded, barefooted,
hatless and coatless, with swelled feet and bruised and blackened
bodies and heads, were numerous. Women of wealth and refinement,
frequently hatless, shoeless, with gowns in shreds, were
among the refugees. Sometimes there would be a man, wife and
child or two, but such cases were rare, nearly all of those who came
in having suffered the loss of one or more of their family. Never
were there so many sad hearts. Men bereft of their wives and
children, women who were widowed, children who were orphanedit
was enough to touch the heart of anyone. Never was there
more heroism shown.
Although a week ago these people had happy homes, they are
now homeless and penniless, but they bear up bravely. There is
no whimpering, no complaining. They were all made to feel that
Houston is now their home, that they are welcome and that everything
possible for their comfort and welfare will be done. They
are being housed and fed, and those in need of medical attention
are placed in the hospitals, where they receive every care. Many
of the refugees to reach Houston had tasted little or no food since
NO LIMIT TO HOUSTON'S HOSPITALITY.
A mass meeting of the General Relief Committee was held
on the I3th to discuss the best method of handling the crowds of
people who were expected to come in from Galveston within the
next two or three days. It was decided to pitch the Government
tents in Emancipation Park in Houston, as there is no suitable
place in Galveston where they can be put up. Mayor Brashear
sent a communication to Mayor Jones, of Galveston, urging that
all persons be sent to Houston from that place as quickly as possible,
and gave assurance that they would be amply provided for.
By "all persons" Mayor Brashear meant that not only those
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