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: 144
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144 HURRIED TO A WATERY GRAVE.
"' 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 thought.'
MORTALITY LIST IS ENORMOUS.
In fact, while the mortality list of the city grows larger every
hour, the prospects of Galveston grow brighter. An investigation
shows that industries that were supposed to be wrecked forever are
only slightly damaged, and business in them may be resumed any
"J. C. Stewart, the grain elevator builder, after careful inspection
of the grain elevators and their contents, said the damage to
the grain elevators was not over two per cent. The wheat will be
loaded into vessels just as rapidly as they come to the elevator to
take it. Ships are needed here at once. Mr. Stewart said he
would put a large force of men to work clearing up each of the
wharves, and the company will be ready for business within the
the next eight days. The wharves have been damaged very little
outside of the wreckage of the sheds. With the wreckage cleared
away, Galveston will be in good shape for business.
" At a meeting of the general committee last night the need
of sprinkling the streets with a strong bichloride solution and
taking other sanitary precautions was discussed, and after adjournment
of the general committee, the committee on correspondence
sent the following telegram:
" 'Our most urgent present needs now are disinfectants, lime,
cement, gasoline stoves, gasoline, charcoal furnaces and charcoal.
Nearby towns also may send bread. For the remainder of our
wants, money will be most avilable, because we can make purchases
from time to time with more discretion than miscellaneous contributors
would exercise. We are bringing order out of chaos,
Here’s what’s next.
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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/m1/175/: accessed May 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .