The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 169
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VAST ARMY OF HELPLESS VICTIMS. 169
Since Tuesday there has been no doubt of Galveston's restoration.
From a central organization the relief work was divided
by wards. A depot and a sub-comnlittee were established in each
ward of the city.
"They who will not work shall not eat," was the principle
adopted when the organization was perfected. Few idle mouths
are being fed in Galveston. There are, however, the fatherless, and
there are widows, and there are sick who must have charity. But
the able-bodied are working in parties under the direction of bosses.
They are being paid in food and clothing. In this way the Relief
Committee is within the first week meeting the needs of the survivors,
and at the same time is gradually clearing the streets and
burning the ruins and refuse.
PICTURES IN SHARP CONTRAST.
Of Galveston's population of 3,o000 it is estimated that 8000
The area of total destruction was about 1300 acres.
There were 5000 dwellings, hotels, churches and convents
More than 2000 bodies have been burned.
The property loss is not less than $I5,ooo,ooo.
One hundred and twenty-five men, most of them negroes, were
shot to death for robbing the dead. " Decimation " is the word
often employed to emphasize destruction of life. Galveston was
"decimated " twice over by this storm.
It took on the part of the public-spirited men a good deal of
boldness to lay down the law that the support tendered by the
country must be earned and to enforce it. But before two days had
passed the whole community was at work cheerfully. A tour
through the city, up one street and down another, showed the
greatest activity. Thousands and not hundreds of men were dragging
the ruins into great heaps and applying the torch. Occasionally
they came on the remains of human beings and hastily
added them to the blazing heaps. But it is notable that much less
is said now about the dead than during the early days. The minds
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