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: 145
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and again offer our profound gratitude for the assistance so far
Surveying the situation, one of our great journals bestowed
these words of praise: " Another good day's work was done yesterday
in behalf of the Texas sufferers. There has been no abatement
in the generous giving of supplies and money. The fearful
plight of the thousands who outlived the terrors of the storm has
touched every heart profoundly. In Galveston alone, where tle
cyclone swept inland with fiercest fury, 25,000 persons are homeless.
Half the population of w-hat a week ago was a prosperous
city, in a single day was left dependent upon charity.
DANGER OF AN EPID'EMIC.
"The danger of an epidemic now threatens the survivors.
Many of the people are giving way to physical exhaustion. They
have been compelled to subsist upon unwholesome food, drink polluted
water and breathe the foul air of their unsanitary surroundings.
In spite of all that has been done for the relief of the
stricken Texans, the death roll is still growing. As many as possible
must be removed from the scene of destruction to more healthful
" What Philadelphia has done should go far to alleviate the
immediate distress, yet this is only a drop in the great flow of charity.
An additional $Io,ooo was sent to Governor Sayres yesterday,
making $25,000 in all that has been forwarded by the Citizens' Permanent
Relief Committee. And more subscriptions are daily flowing
in. A number of physicians and nurses have volunteered their
services and are only awaiting a reply from the Relief Committee
on the ground. There will be work for them if sickness becomes
prevalent, as is now feared.
" Many of our citizens who wished to make donations of food,
clothing and other supplies have again had recourse to the special
trains that are being sent forward. Last night a second special of
four heavily-laden cars was sent to Galveston. In addition to this,
many subscriptions of money have been made and will be forwarded
to the authorities in Texas."
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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/m1/176/: accessed June 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .