The great Galveston disaster, containing a full and thrilling account of the most appalling calamity of modern times including vivid descriptions of the hurricane Page: 160
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160 BURNING THE RUINS AND THE DEAD.
Probably never before has there been so imucli telegraphing to
the dead. Tie headquarters of the Western Ullion and Postal
systems located in this city report that in Dallas, Houston and
Galveston are thousands of messages addressed to persons who
can never call for them or receive them.
"Some of the persons addressed are known to be dead, and
there is no doubt that hundreds of others are among the thousands
of unknown and unidentified victims of the storm wliose
bodies have been dumped into the sea, consigned to unmarked
graves or cremated in the great heaps that sanitary necessity
marked for the torch and the incinerating pyre.
"The insurance questions are beginning to receive serious
attention. Life insurance companies are going to be hit very
hard. The question that particularly engages the attention of
representatives is whether settlement shall be made without litigation.
The general southwestern agents for eight big insurance
companies were interviewed to-day, and they stated that all Dallas
insurance men concur in the opinion that the insurance policies
against storm losses carried by Galvestonians will not aggregate
$10,000,0oo. They say there was absolutely no demand for such
insurance at Galveston."
WHOLE FAMILY KILLED BY STORM.
Among those who were caught in the storm that devastated
Galveston on Sunday night were six persons who comprised the
family of Peter E. McKenna, a former resident of Philadelphia.
According to news received by their relatives in that city, all
When word of the Texas disaster first came it was reported
that the entire family had been lost, but it later developed that a
married daughter, who lives in Omaha, Neb., was not visiting her
parents, as was first supposed, and therefore escaped the death
that overtook her relatives.
Peter E. McKenna, the head of the family, was well known
in Philadelphia during his youth. His father was one of the
pioneers in the religious press. The son followed the profession
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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/m1/199/: accessed June 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .