The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 156
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156 BURNING THE RUINS AND THE DEAD.
emrnment vessel, which was loaded with supplies at Texas City for
the Galveston sufferers, went aground shortly after leaving the
wharf, and had not yet been gotten off. It was found that vessels
could not cross the bay at that point, and thereafter they would
be sent to some other point which had a deeper channel connection
The estimates of immediate losses in the aggregate vary
widely. It may be said that none of them are below $2o,ooo,o(0.
The maximum, as given by intelligent residents, including some
members of the Citizens' Committee, is $35,ooo,ooo. One of the
Galveston business men sent to Austin to confer personally with
Governor Sayres on the work of relief, inclined to the belief that
the immediate losses might, without exaggeration, be placed at
In the indirect class are the losses which must be sustained
through the paralysis of business, the reduction of population, the
stoppage of industries, and the general disturbance of commercial
relations, and Galveston business men hesitate to form any conclusion
as to what the moral losses must be.
A REFUGEE'S TALE OF HORROR.
F. B. Campbell, who was in Galveston when the floods swept
upon it, was one of the first refugees to reach the North. He
passed through Pittsburg, six days after the disaster, on his way
to Springfield, Mass., which is his home. Mr. Campbell had his
right arm fractured. William E. Frear, a Philadelphia commercial
traveller, who was with Campbell in Galveston, accompanied
him as far north as Cincinnati, and went home on the express.
Frear's right ankle was sprained.
Campbell was a cotton broker and was overwhelmed at his
boarding house while at dinner. He reached a heap of wreckage
by swimming through an alley. Of the scene when he left,
" The last I saw of Galveston was a row of submerged buildings
where a thriving city stood. A waste of water spread in all
directions, In the sea were piles of wreckage and the carcasses of
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