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: 162
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162 IBtiRNIt N THE R'INS AN) T HE DEAD.
attention on the beach, near Twenty-sixth street, and tell the
story of -where about sevelnty-five bodies have been buried.
Oie of the greatest needs of the city now is disinfectants.
The local Conmmittee on Corresponldence drafted this general
message to the country
Our most urgent present iieeds now are lisinfectants,
lime, cement, gasoline stoves, gasoline, cllarcoal furnaces, and
charcoal. Nearby towns also may send bread. For the remailder
of our wants money will be most available because we cal
make purchases front time to time with (more discretion than mniscellaneous
contributors would exercise. We are bringing order
out of chaos and again offer our profound gratitude for the assistance
so far received."
The first real attempt to clear away tile great mass of debris
piled along the beach front for several miles was begun to-day.
Advertisements this morning asking for hundreds of men and
boys were answered by a multitude. It is hoped lhat a vigorous
prosecution of the work will lead to the early recovery of the bodies
in the debris. That there are many of them there is no shadow
SEEKING FORMER RESIDENCES.
A correspondent walked along the beach for son;e distance
to-day and the stench was sickening. Everywhere little groups
of men, women and children, some poorly clad, were digging in
the ruins of their homes for what little household property they
could save. In many cases, those seeking their former residences
were unable to find a single remnant of them.
The exodus from the city was heavy to-day, and hundreds
more were eager to leave, but were unable to secure transportation.
Along the bay front there were scores of families with
dejected faces, pleading to be taken from the stricken city, where,
in spite of every effort to restore confidence, there is much depression.
J. C. Stewart, a builder, after a careful inspection of the
grain elevators and their contents, said the dainlage to the elevators
was not over two per cent. Mr. Bailey said he would put
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