The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 123
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AIRROWING DETAILS OF THE DISASTER. 123
time of tie storm, has arrived in the city. "Work of a vast importance
is to be undertaken heie," said he. " Work on different
lines from that which has been our habit heretofore. There are
storms elsewhere. If the people in other parts of the country built
as we build, their cities would be down and out nearly every year.
But they build structures to stay, and we must rebuild our city on
different lines and in a different manner that will resist the gales
as they do. The port is all right. The fullest depth of water
remains. The jetties with slight repair, are intact, and because
of these conditions the restoration will be more rapid than may be
OFFICIAL REPORTS TO THE WAR DEPARTMENT.
Washington, Sept. I4.-The War Department has received
several telegrams relating to the conditions at Galveston. The
following is from Governor Sayres :
" Austin, Tex., Sept. I3.\-Will wire you if any further aid be
necessary. Please express to the Department my most grateful
acknowledgment for its prompt and generous assistance.
"JOSEPH D. SAYRES,
General McKibbin, September I2th, reports generally upon
the condition at Galveston as follows:
"General conditions are improving every hour. Repairs to
water works will by to-morrow insure water supply for fire protection.
Provisions of all kinds are being received in large
quantities; enough are now en route and at Houston to feed all
destitute for thirty days. There is no danger of suffering from
lack of food or shelter. City under perfect control, under charge of
Committee of Safety. Loss of life is probably greater than my
conservative estate of yesterday. Property loss enormous; not
an individual in the city has escaped some loss; in thousands of
instances total loss.
"To-day, in company with Colonel Roberts and Captain
Riche, made an inspection at Fort Crockett, and by tug of the
fortifications at Forts San Jacinto and Travis, with the exception
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