The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 177
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VAST ARMY OF HELPLESS VICTIMS. 177
"For three miles along the shore of the Gulf this choice residence
property extended, but the shore line was so changed by the
storm that at low tide the water is 350 feet higher along the entire
three miles. In the eastern part of the city there are places where
350 feet is less than the actual amount of ground taken from the
city. It is a fair estimate, however, for the entire distance. The
foundation pillars of the Beach Hotel now stand in the water.
Before the storm there was a beach in front of the hotel site nearly
400 feet wide. There is no possibility of any of this land being
A MORE HOPEFUL FEELING.
" A more hopeful feeling is observable everywhere here, and
the situation is brightening rapidly. The State Health Officer,
Dr. Blunt, believes that there is now no danger of an epidemic.
The city Board of Health held a meeting yesterday and adopted a
resolution voicing tile same views. Emergency hospitals have
been established in every ward for the treatment of the sick and
" The Ursulin Convent has been converted into a great general
hospital for the reception and care of patients who are
seriously ill, with a full corpse of physicians and trained nurses.
All public and private hospitals are filled to their capacity with
sufferers. Medical supplies are still much needed.
" Banks and some other branches of business have resumed.
Others are actively preparing to resume. Preparations for rebuilding
are already going on in the business part of the city.
The railways and the wharf front are being rapidly cleaned of
debris. The telegraph and telephone companies are rushing their
work. The Western Union has five wires strung to their downtown
office. The Postal will have some up soon, and the full telegraphic
service is expected to be re-established by the close of the
week. The cable connection has not yet been restored. Business
on the floor of the Cotton Exchange will not be re-established for
three weeks. The Exchange Building was partly unroofed by the
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Lester, Paul. The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/216/: accessed May 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .