The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 134
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134 HURRIED TO A WATERY GRAVE.
The motormen deserted their cars when the fury of the wind
and the rush of the water made it no longer possible to operate
them. Attempts are being made now to get the cars in shape
again. The great destruction of live stock has elimated the carriages
and cabs as a means of transportation.
The work of relief continues energetically. Mayor Jones and
his associates are bending every nerve to open a direct line of transportation
with Houston by which he may be enabled promptly to
receive the great quantity of provisions which are now on the way
o the city. The Relief Committee is striving to systematize its work.
On Tuesday an ordinance was passed authorizing rescuing and
burying parties to set fire to wrecked buildings and burn them. In
these funeral pyres hundreds of corpses were cremated.
CARING FOR HOMELESS REFUGEES.
Houston now is the haven of the unfortunate people of Galveston.
Trains have already brought in between 500 and IooO of
the survivors, and a motley crowd they are. Men bareheaded,
barefooted, hatless and coatless, with swollen feet and bruised and
blackened bodies and heads were numerous. Women of wealth
and refinement, frequently hatless, shoeless, with gowns in shreds,
were among the refugees. Nearly all of those who came in have
suffered the loss of one or more of their family. It is remarkable,
however, there is no whimpering, no complaining.
The refugees are being housed and fed, and those in need of
medical attention are placed in the hospitals. General-Manager
Van Vleck, of the Southern Pacific, says the damage to the wharves
is fully eighty per cent. The Southern Pacific, he says, expects to
begin work on the bridge within two days. It is expected that
trains will be run into Galveston within forty days.
John J. Moody, a member of the committee sent from Houston
to take charge of the relief station at Texas City, reports as follows:
" On arriving at La Marque this morning I was informed that
the largest number of bodies were along the coast of Texas City.
Fifty-six were buried yesterday and to-day within less than two
miles extending opposite this place and towards Virginia City. It
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Lester, Paul. The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/165/: accessed November 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .