The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 97
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THE GULF CITY A MASS OF RUINS. 97
At Belton's they remained until next morning. At 6 o'clock
Sunday morning, the storm having abated, they started back to
their home. The only vestige of it or of the houses for blocks
around was a hitching-post. All was a sandy waste. IH the back
yard lay a dead baby. This frightened them, but before going far
on the way back they saw scores of dead bodies, and men, women
and children maim d and bleeding, homeless and bereft of family.
It was an awful night and day they put in, with nothing on
but bathing suits, and nothing to eat. Passing a store they saw
the plate glass windows all broken. The background was lined
with black cloth. This they seized, and securing a pair of scissors
at the stable and needles and thread, they soon had two wellfitting
and well-made gowns, which they wore until they reached
TRANSPORT TO CARRY PROVISIONS.
Acting Secretary of War Mieklejohn issued orders placing the
transport McPherson at the services of the Citizens' Committee of
the Merchants' Association of New York for the immediate transportation
of provisions donated for the relief of the storm sufferers
The people who had been raising contributions and supplies
in New York asked President McKinley for a transport, and the
War Department acted immediately on the request. It was
expected that the McPherson would leave within seventy-two hours
and sail direct for Galveston. It was suggested by the War Department
that the relief committees of Washington, Baltimore and
Philadelphia and other cities in reach of New York by rail within
a few hours, place themselves at once in touch with the Chairman
of the Relief Committee of New York, in order that clothing, supplies
and food might be forwarded promptly to the carrying capacity
of the McPherson.
Austin, Tex., September I3.-Alvin and other points along
the coast are crying piteously for aid. They say that they have
been overlooked in the general relief fund and that with all their
property destroyed, their hopes gone, no clothing, no provisions,
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Lester, Paul. The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/120/: accessed September 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .