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158 BURNING THE RUINS AND THE DEAD.
through Dr. H. A. West, its secretary, has made a demand that
the work of clearing up the dwelling houses be turned over to
physicians. This work has been under the direction of Adjutant
General Scurry, and he has proved himself so capable that
the Relief Committee declined to make any division of responsibility.
Notwithstanding the fact that the number of boats carrying
passengers between Texas City and Galveston has been largely
increased, it was impossible yesterday to leave the city after the
early morning hours. Yesterday the " Lawrence," after jamming
her nose into the mud, remained aground all day. Her passengers
were taken off in small sailboats, and by noon a dozen of
them heavily loaded started from Galveston to Texas City.
iNTENSE SUFFERING ON THE WATER.
The wind died away utterly and the boats could neither go
on to Texas City nor return to Galveston. None of them had
more than a meager supply of water, which was soon exhausted;
the sun beat down with a merciless severity. In a short time
babies and young children became ill and in many instances their
mothers were also prostrated. There was absolutely no relief to
be had, as the tugs of Galveston Bay, which might have given
the sloops tow, are all made for deep sea work and draw too much
water to allow of their crossing the shallow channel.
Hour after hour the people on the boats, all of which
were densely packed, were compelled to broil in the torturing
and blinding sun. A slight breeze arising in the evening at 9
o'clock, the sailing craft which had left Galveston at noon began to
dump their passengers upon the beach at Texas City. Owing to
a delay in Houston trains it was fully twenty hours after their
start from Galveston that the people who left there yesterday
noon were able to move out from Texas City, which is only eight
miles away, and by the time the train had made a start for Houston
every woman in the crowd was ill through lack of food, exposure
and insufficient sleep.
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