The great Galveston disaster, containing a full and thrilling account of the most appalling calamity of modern times including vivid descriptions of the hurricane Page: 141
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HURRIED TO A WATERY GRAVEI. 14
' Appreciating the situation, Adjutant-General Scurry yesterday
succeeded in getting gangs of laboring men organized. The
progress made is remarkable and to-day it was much greater.
Large piles of refuse were gathered and burned, and the work of
cleaning up proceeded in a systematic manner. Heretofore there
has been no system, everybody working for the public good in his
PEOPLE HURRYING TO ESCAPE.
"The exodus from the city was heavy to-day, and hundreds
more were eager to go who were unable to secure transportation.
Along the bay front there were scores of families with dejected
faces, pleading to be taken from the stricken city, where, in spite
of every effort to restore confidence, there is a universal feeling of
"Shipping men say to-day that the damage to the wharves is
by no means as serious as at first supposed. More hopeful reports
were received to-day touching the water supply. The company is
placing men all along the mains, plugging the broken places and
thereby assisting the flow. It was serving some of its customers
to-day, and hopes gradually to increase the service. The water
continues to run by gravity pressure.
"The only difficulty the people are having is in carrying
supplies to their homes or places of business. The ice supply
continues bountiful, and at many corners lemonade is being served
at five cents for as many glasses as you can drink at one time.
" The work of disposing of the dead continues. Several hundred
bodies are still buried beneath the wreckage. Thirty-two sand
mounds, marked with small boards, attract attention on the beach,
near Twenty-sixth street, and tell the story of where seventy-five
bodies have been laid to rest. In the extreme western part of the
city sixty bodies were cremated with wreckage of the homes of the
" A conflict of authority, due to a misunderstanding, precipitated
a temporary disorganization of the policing of the city yesterday.
It seems that when General Scurry, Adjutant-General of
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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/m1/172/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .