The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 150
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150 BURNING THE RUINS AND THE DEAD.
"Thousands of men are cutting passageways through the
streets, clearing the sidewalks of the mass of debris, removing
the sea slime from the floors of buildings and washing them out,
but this does not dispose of it, and under the torrid sun it ferments
and putrefies and the stench is fearful.
"The water failed to materialize as promised and this aggravates
the situation. With a crippled fire department, the fire
engines useless and no water supply, a fire, if it should break
out, would speedily wipe out what remains of the city.
" It will be months before the business streets will be entirely
cleared of rubbish and repaved, and it will be years before the
damage done by the storm will be obliterated. It is impossible
to conceive of the widespread destruction unless it is actually
ANOTHER REPORT FROM GENERAL McKIBBEN.
Washington, D. C., Friday.-General McKibben on September
12, reported to the War Department upon the conditions in
Galveston as follows:"
General conditions are improving every hour. Repairs to
water works will by to-morrow insure water supply for fire protection.
Provisions of all kinds are being received in large quantities.
Enough are now en route and at Houston to feed all destitute
for thirty days.
"There is now no danger of suffering from lack of food or
shelter. City under perfect control, under charge of Committee
of Safety. Loss of life is probably greater than my conservative
estimate of yesterday. Property loss enormous; not an individual
in the city has escaped some loss; in thousands of cases it is
"To-day, in company with Colonel Robert and Captain
Riche, I made an inspection at Fort Crockett, and by tug of the
fortifications at Forts San Jacinto and Travis; with the exception
of battery for two 4.7 rapid fire guns, batteries may be considered
non-existent. Captain Riche has forwarded by wire this evening
full report of conditions to Chief of Engineers.
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