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HARROWING DETAILS OF THE DISASTER. 121
bining their efforts on the reconstruction of one bridge for all railways
entering Galveston for the time being, and thus secure an
early resumption of traffic and the partial restoration of business
in Galveston. Such a plan, it is believed, will be adopted.
What Galveston needs now is money and disinfectants. Next
to these tvo things, she needs forage. There are now, as near as
can be estimated, three hundred cars of provisions on the way, and
it is thought that, with what is already here, that amount will
suffice for a time at least. No more doctors are needed. Galveston
has begun to emerge from the Valley of the Shadow of Death
into which she has been plunged for nearly a week, and to-day for
the first time actual progress was made toward clearing up the
The bodies of those killed in the storm have for the most
part been disposed of. A large number may be found when the
debris is removed from some of the buildings, but at present there
are none to be seen, save those occasionally cast up by the sea.
As far as sight, at least, is concerned, the city is cleared of its
A CONFLICT OF AUTHORITY.
A conflict of authority due to a misunderstanding precipitated
a temporary disorganization of the policing of the city yesterday.
It seemed that when General Scurry, Adjutant-General
of the Texas Volunteer Guard, arrived in the city with about 200
militia from Houston, he conferred with the Chief of Police as to
the plans for preserving law and order. An order was issued by
the Chief of Police to the effect that the soldiers should arrest
all persons carrying arms unless they showed a written order,
signed by the Chief of Police or Mayor, giving them permission
to go armed.
The result was that about fifty citizens wearing Deputy
Sheriff badges were arrested by the soldiers and taken to police
headquarters. The soldiers had no way of knowing by what
authority the men were acting with these badges, and would listen
to no excuses. Aftera hurried conference between General
Scurry and Sheriff Thomas, it was decided that all Deputy
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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/m1/148/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .