The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 127
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HARROWING DETAILS OF THE DISASTER. 127
train, whose crew knew nothing of the existing conditions at
Texas City, finally appeared, the announcement was made that it
would not go before morning. The crowd at Texas City was
more than enougll to fill the train to the limit, but, nlotwithstanding,
determined to allow the "Lawrence" to attempt once more the
perils of the mud and await another consignment of refugees.
It was fully twenty hours after their start from Galveston
that the people who left there yesterday noon were able to move
out from Texas City, which is only eight miles away, and by the
time the train had made a start for Houston, every woman in the
crowd was ill through lack of food, exposure and insufficient
NO RED TAPE TO STAND IN THE WAY.
Washington, Sept. I4-General Spaulding, Acting Secretary
of the Treasury, took further measures to-day for the relief of the
distressed citizens of Galveston by arranging for their-transportation
by foreign vessels to New Orleans or other gulf ports. The
law provides that American vessels only can carry passengers between
American ports, but during the present conditions the
Treasury Department will remit the penalties to which foreign
vessels would be liable, for the relief of Galveston.
The Rev. J. F. McCarthy, of Newark, N. J., assistant pastor
of St. Patrick's Cathedral, to-day received a special despatch from
Galveston to the effect that all of the twenty-four Newark nuns at
the Catholic Convent of the Sacred Heart at that place had been
saved from the general destruction of life and property by the
terrible cyclone of Saturday. Father McCarthy at once despatched
a special message to the homes of the nuns' relatives with this
information. They were reported lost in an account contained in
in a preceding chapter of this volume.
A prominent newspaper called attention to the necessities of
the situation as follows :
"( As later news is received from Texas the full extent of the
destruction of life and property is revealed. No such visitation
of nature's force has ever before descended upon a community in
this country. There is no longer any doubt that the death list
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