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BURNING THE RUINS AND THE DEAD. 149
plies. If he is an able bodied man, although he may be houseless
and may have lost members of his family, or have some
injured by the storm and needing attention, he must perform
labor before supplies are issued, and if he refuses he is impressed
and compelled to work.
"There are many so sadly injured or prostrated by the
frightful experience they have recently undergone that they are
unable to apply for relief, and would suffer from thirst and
exposure unless housed, fed and cared for by humane people who
have been less unfortunate. No effort thus far has been made by
those in charge of relief affairs to hunt out these poor creatures
and care for them.
" And if they have male relatives, these are afraid to venture
on the streets for fear they will be impressed and put to work,
and thus taken away from those who need their constant care.
The present method of relief needs to be radically revised, or it
will fail of its purpose and defeat the object of those who
are so generously contributing. Medical relief is much better
EXODUS SERIOUSLY HAMPERED.
"The Transportation Committee is handicapped in its efforts
to get out of the city the persons who are destitute by the lack of
sufficient boats and rail communication. The latter want will not
be supplied for many days. Present communication is by boat to
Texas City, and then by the Galveston, Houston and Henderson
Railway to Houston. Those who are able to pay are charged
half fare; those who are not are given free transportation.
Guards are stationed at Texas City to prevent the curious from
invading the city, eating up the limited food supply and doing no
"The city in its present condition is not a healthy place for
visitors. It is full of fever and other disease breeding matter,
and smells like a charnel house. There is not a house of any
character in the city but is foul and ill smelling. Plenty of limewater
and disinfectant is urgently needed here, or an epidemic
will sweep through the city with hurricane force,
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/m1/184/: accessed June 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .