The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 176
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176 VAST ARIMY OF HELPLESS VICTIMS.
that in 1867, in the midst of the widespread epidemic of yellow
fever, a severe storm occurred at GalvesLon in the early days of
October, resulting in a deposit over a greater portion of the city
of slimy mud. Not only did no sickness result, but the cyclonic
disturbance cut short the yellow fever epidemic, and but few cases
of fever occurred thereafter. In 1875 and I886, when there were
severe storms and no overflow, no increase in sickness occurred.
" Several thousand men are at work clearing away the debris
on the beach. One hundred and fifty bodies were discovered in the
wreckage and burned Friday. No attempt is now being made to
identify recovered bodies. Indeed, most of them are found naked
and mutilated beyond recognition. A New York relief train has
arrived with a number of physicians and nurses and a large supply
of provisions, which were distributed. Every effort is being made
by the postal authorities to receive and distribute mail. No city
delivery has yet been arranged for, and all who expect letters are
requested to call at the Postoffice. No mail is being collected
from the letter boxes.
" In some quarters of the city the Water Works Company is
serving customers on the second stories. This is taken as indicating
the rapid headway being made in putting the plant again
in operation. The Street Railway Company suffered a loss of a
quarter of a million, and its entire system is torn to pieces. An
effort is to be made temporarily to operate cars with mules.
ENCROACHMENTS OF THE SEA.
"The residents of Galveston are plucky in the extreme in
their determination to rebuild and make Galveston a greater and
better city than it has ever been before, but in one direction, at
least, they have suffered a loss that is beyond repair, and that lies
in the extent of the territory wrested from them by the storm.
The waters of the Gulf now cover about 5,300,000 square feet of
ground that was formerly a part of Galveston. This loss has been
suffered entirely on the south side of the city, where the finest residences
were built, facing the gulf, and where land was held at a
higher valuation than in any other part of the city.
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