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: 148
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148 BURNING THE RUINS AND THE DEAD.
the hurricane was at Quintana, at the mouth of the Brazos River,
where he has been supervising government works. He stated today
that the barometer fell to 27.60, and the wind velocity was one
hundred and twenty miles an hour. Fifty-four houses were
wrecked in Quintana, and the debris piled up in the streets. Fortunately
no lives were lost.
"The town of Velasco, three miles above, on the east side of
the river, was completely wrecked. Nine persons were killed,
three in the hotel, which was badly demolished. Angleton, the
county seat of Brazoria, ten miles north of Velasco, was almost
completely destroyed. Several lives were lost and a number of
persons were badly injured.
"The property loss in these three towns and the country
adjacent will be beyond the ability of the people to repair. Destitution
stares them in the face, and help is urgently needed there
and in all other towns within seventy-five miles of the city. The
loss in proportion to population and means is just as great and as
keenly felt as the loss and destruction in Galveston, and they
should not be forgotten by the generous public, which is responding
with such noble promptness to Galveston's cry for help.
SOLID TRAINLOADS OF SUPPLIES.
"Supplies for the relief of Galveston's sufferers are coming
in from every quarter as rapidly as the limited means of transportation
here will admit. Solid trainloads from the North and
East are speeding towards Galveston as fast as steam will bring
them, while cities, chambers of commerce and other commercial
bodies in this country, England and Continental Europe are subscribing
thousands of dollars for the sufferers from one of the
greatest calamities of the century.
"The distribution of supplies here has not yet been put on a
systematic basis. There is one general relief committee, with
sub-committees in each ward. To these sub-committeemen
sufferers must apply for relief, and are categorically questioned
as to the extent of their distress.
"If the answers are satisfactory, an order is issued for sup-
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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/m1/179/: accessed June 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .