The great Galveston disaster, containing a full and thrilling account of the most appalling calamity of modern times including vivid descriptions of the hurricane Page: 116
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116 HARROWING DETAILS OF THE DISASTER.
An Associated Press representative traversed the beach for
some distance, and the stench at different points was absolutely
sickening. Everywhere little groups of men, women and children,
some of them poorly provided with raiment, were digging in the
ruins of their homes for what little household property they
could save. In many cases those seeking their former residences
were utterly unable to find a single remnant of them, so hopeless
is the confusion of timber and household furniture.
EXODUS FROM THE CITY.
The exodus from the city was heavy, and hundreds more
were eager to go who were unable to secure transportation. Along
the bay front there were scores of families with dejected faces,
pleading to be taken from the stricken city, where, in spite of
every effort to restore confidence, there is a universal feeling of
Shipping men say that the damage to the wharves is by no
means as serious as at first supposed. The chief damage has
been in the tearing open of sheds and ripping of planking. The
sheds, however, can be quickly replaced. The piling for a considerable
distance along the bay front successfully withstood the
pounding it got from the wind and waves, and business men find
a measure of consolation in this.
More hopeful reports were received touching the water supply.
C. H. McMasters, of the Chamber of Commerce, has charge
of the water relief work. The company is placing men all along
the mains, plugging the broken places, and thereby assisting the
flow. It was serving some of its customers to-day, and hopes
gradually to increase the service. The water continues to run by
gravity pressure. The only difficulty the people are having is in
carrying supplies to their homes or places of business. The ice
supply continues bountiful, and at many corners lemonade is being
served at five cents for as many glasses as you can drink at one
More effective measures were taken to keep undesirable people
off the island. Soldiers patrolled the water front, and chal-
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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, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/139/: accessed July 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .