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: 174
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174 VAST ARMY OF HELPLESS VICTIMS.
systematic plan of operation that is rapidly bringing order out of
chaos. The search and burial or cremation of the unfortunate
victims within the corporation limits of the city are being rapidly
prosecuted by a large force in squads under military direction.
Down the island and on the mainland the work of interring the
dead is conducted with the same system.
"As new conditions constantly develop, the cleaning up and
disinfecting the streets, stores and buildings go bravely on, and the
sanitary condition of the down portion of the town has been
greatly improved, and Mayor Jones stated to-day that there would
be no let-up in the work until the entire city was cleaned and disinfected.
Dry goods stores and clothing houses resemble great
laundries, and every available space is occupied with goods hung
out to dry. Fortunately the weather is clear, hot and dry for this
purpose. Those merchants whose stocks were but slightly damaged
have done a rushing business, and so have the restaurants,
whose stocks are very limited and fresh meats difficult to obtain.
EXTORTION A RARE EXCEPTION.
"Extortion is a rare exception, although the supply of food at
hotels and restaurants is limited. This will be overcome in a few
days, since all the railways terminating here have united upon one
bridge and are pushing the work night and day with a large force
reconstructing it, while their tracks are being restored on the island
and mainland by large forces, which it is confidently asserted will
give this stricken city rail communication by Wednesday next.
"If this is done it will relieve the existing situation wonderfully.
All supplies are now brought in by boat, and these, being
principally for the sick and absolutely destitute, are being distributed
with dispatch. The injured and sick, under the thorough
system inaugurated by the Board of Health and local physicians,
aided by volunteers from the outside, are receiving every care and
attention, and are doing as well as could be under the circumstances,
which are being improved daily.
"All churches in the city, either being wrecked or ruined,
with but one or two exceptions, divine services were in most cases
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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/m1/213/: accessed April 30, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .