The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 122
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122 HARROWING DETAILS OF THE DISASTER.
Sheriffs and special officers shall be permitted to carry arms and
pass in and out of the guard lines. The Deputy Sheriffs and
special and regular police now police the city during the day time
and the militia take charge of the city at fight.
At a meeting of the General Committee last night, a committee
of representative citizens of Galveston was appointed to go
to Austin at once to confer with Governor Sayres in regard to the
The need of sprinkling the streets with a strong bi-chloride
solution and taking other sanitary precautions was discussed, and
after adjournment of the General Committee the Committee on
Correspondence sent the following telegram:
" Galveston, Texas, Sept. 13.-To the Associated Press: Our
most urgent present needs now are disinfectants-linie, cement,
gasoline stoves, gasoline, charcoal furnaces and charcoal. Nearby
towns also may send bread. For the remainder of our wants
money will be most available, because we can make purchases
from time to time with more discretion than miscellaneous contributors
would exercise. We are bringing order out of chaos,
and again offer our profound gratitude for the assistance so far
A CAMP AT HOUSTON.
At a conference held at the office of City Health Officer Wilkinson,
it was decided to accept the offer of the United States
Marine Hospital Service, and establish a camp at Houston, where
the destitute and sick can be sent and be properly cared for. The
physicians agreed that there were many indigent sick in the city
who could be removed from Galveston, and Houston was selected,
because that city had very thoughtfully suggested the idea and
tendered a site for the camp.
Acting upon the suggestion to establish a camp and care for
the sick and needy, a message was sent to the Surgeon-General,
at the head of the Marine Hospital Corps, asking for Iooo tents
of four berth capacity each, also several hundred barrels of disinfecting
Congressman R. B. Hawley, who was in Washington at the
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