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HARROWING DETAILS OF THE DISASTER. 117
len ed all who could not show a proper reason for their landing,
or who were unwilling to work for the privilege of coming into
Assurances have been received by the railroads that they will
do all in their power to reopen communication, and their present
plan seems to be to concentrate all forces on the work of the reconstruction
of one bridge. Crews are coming down the Santa Fe
Railroad from Arkansas and St. Louis with full equipments to
restore the line. Local representatives of the Southern Pacific
have had advices from headquarters to proceed with repair work
Telegraph communication has been partially restored, the
Western Union and Postal Companies having reached the city
with one wire. Large forces have been at work along the lines of
both companies, and connection with Galveston has been attended
with many difficulties.
BUSINESS BEING RESUMED.
A larger number of business houses than on yesterday
are open, and advertising their wares at no advance in the
prices. Carts with disinfectants are going through the streets.
The gutters are being covered with lime. Carpenters are having
all the work they can do. The storm tore hundreds of roofs off,
and the people who are living in topless houses are eager to
obtain coverings so as to prevent the destruction of what they
have caved if a rain storm comes along. Thus far, however, the
weather has been clear.
The relief committees are steadily broadening the scope of
their work. They have established bureaus for the issuance of
orders and rations in every ward, and though there is a multitude
surrounding every bureau, applicants are rapidly being taken
care of. There seems no present likelihood of inability on the
Part of the committee to furnish all the rations that are asked for.
There is of course, a scarcity of fresh beef and of milk, but
bread is being provided in abundance, as well as hams, potatoes,
rice and other articles.
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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/m1/144/: accessed April 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .