The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 142
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142 HURRIED TO A WATERY GRAVE.
the Texas Volunteer Guard, arrived in the city with about 200
militia from Houston, he conferred with the chief of police as to the
plans for preserving law and order.
"An order was issued by the chief of police to the effect that
the soldiers should arrest all persons found carrying arms unless
they showed a written order, signed by the chief of police or Mayor,
giving them permission to go armed. The result was that about
fifty citizens wearing deputy sheriff badges were arrested by the
soldiers and taken to police headquarters.
FREE USE OF DEADLY WEAPONS.
" The soldiers had no way of knowing by what authority the
men were acting with these badges, and would listen to no excuses.
After a hurried conference between General Scurry and Sheriff
Thomas it was decided that all deputy 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 daytime, and the militia take charge of
the city at night.
" More than 2000 dead bodies have been identified, and the
estimate of Mayor Jones, that 5000 perished in Saturday's great
hurricane, does not appear to be magnified. The city is being
patrolled by troops and a citizens' committee, and a semblance of
order is appearing.
"At a conference held at the office of City Health Officel
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 should 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 hunired
barrels of disinfecting fluid.
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