The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 161
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of hlis father, and after engagillg ill the pu)licatioll of newspapers
and religious weeklies until 1862 he sought fortune in the
Galveston at the time was a growing city, and as it offered
the opportunities Mlr. McKenna desired lie settled there and
devoted himself to the upbuilding of newspapers. His success was
of such a nature that he made his permanent home in Galveston,
and during the thirty-eight years that have passed, was recognized
as one of the most foremost journalists in that city. Latterly lie
was connected with the Galveston " Despatch" and also conducted
a publishing house for himself.
Separated as he was by thousands of miles from the city of
his birth, Mr. MIcKenna was able to make only a few visits during
the last twenty-five years, but he kent up a constant correspondence
with several relatives. In these letters there was frequent
mention of the fact that the city was lower than tlhe sea and open
to the attacks of any storm that might form in the Gulf of
CLEARING THE WATER FRONT.
At a conference held at the office of the City Healtth Officer
on Friday, t',e I4th, it was decided to accept the offer of tlle Marine
Hospital SerIice, and establish a camp at Houston, where the
destitute and invalids can be sent. Tlle physicians agreed that
there were many indigent persons in the city who should be
removed. A message was sent to the Surgeon General asking
that the department furnish one thousand tents, of four-berth
capacity each ; also seven hundred barrels of disinfecting fluid.
Another important movement in the direction of sanitation
was made by the Health Department in calling for one hundred
men with drays to clean the streets. The idea is to district the
city and start the drays to remove all unsanitary matter from the
STRANGE BURIAL PLACES AND GRAVES.
Although the work of disposing of the dead is being pushed,
several hundred bodies are still buried beneath the wreckage.
Thirty-two sand mounds, marked with small boards, attract
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