The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 153
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antine warehouse and disinfecting barge, just completed, are total
wrecks, as is also the quarantine wharf. A part of the quarantine
residence is left standing, but so badly damaged that it is not
AN OFFICER'S BRAVERY.
"Quarantine Officer Mayfield showed the greatest bravery
and self-sacrifice when the storm came on. He sent all of his
employees and his family, except two sons, who refused to leave
him, to places of safety. He remained in the quarantine house
with his two devoted sons throughout the terrible night. All of
one wing of the house was taken away and the floor of the
remaining part was forced up and carried away by the waters.
Dr. Mayfield and his two sons spent the night on a stairway leading
from the upper floor to the attic.
" Despite this destruction of the station, the quarantine has
never been relaxed, and all vessels are promptly boarded upon
arrival at Galveston. There are now three vessels lying at quarantine.
They brought cargoes to be discharged at Galveston and
had cargoes consigned to them. The cargoes cannot be taken off
except by lighter, and the vessels are awaiting instructions from
their owners. The Mallory Line Steamer " Alamo" got in Wednesday,
but was sent back to the bay, as she could not discharge
" The sanitary condition of the city is very bad. While there
has been no outbreak of sickness, every one expects that, and
it is inevitable. There is no organized effort being made to
improve sanitary conditions. Large quantities of lime have been
ordered to the place, but I doubt if anyone will be found to
unload it from the vessels and attend to its systematic distribution
when it arrives.
"The stench is almost unbearable. It arises from piles of
debris containing the carcasses of human beings and animals.
These carcasses are being burned where such can be done with
safety. But little of the wreckage can be destroyed in this mannler,
however, owing to the danger of starting a fire that will
destlro5 what is left of the ill-fated city, There is no water pro-
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