The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 178
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178 VAST ARMY OF IELPLEESS VICTIMS.
"Many dead are reported as being yet unburied, especially in
the extreme west part of the city. The interment and cremation
of human bodies and the carcasses of animals is being vigorously
prosecuted. Only about six houses remain between South Galveston
and the city limits. Of probably Iooo persons living down
the island, at least one-third were lost. There are 200 bodies on
the beach between the Mott place and the city limits. Eighteen
persons in this neighborhood got together and began burying the
dead yesterday. They are out of provisions.
" Daily papers and illustrated papers have been most energetic
in taking photographs of the Galveston disaster. The town is
under military law, and the people are not inclined to brook photographers.
Three photographers who ventured out yesterday had
their instruments smashed and themselves pressed into service
burying dead bodies.
" So much progress has been made here towards the rehabilitation
of Galveston, and so harmoniously are the various forces
working, that General McKibben, who was ordered here with his
staff to assist the authorities, has decided that his presence is no
longer necessary, and he has made arrangements to leave for
Houston. After having largely assisted in the restoration of local
confidence, the withdrawal of General McKibben is taken to mean
that little is to be done here but to take care of ;he distressed until
normal business conditions have been resumed. In this connection
the information was made public through the local representatives
of the Federal authorites yesterday that the War Department will
undertake as soon as possible the restoration of its property at this
RAILROAD CAPITAL TO BE EMPLOYED.
"Dispatches quoting Eastern financiers on the future of Galveston
are read with much interest. The idea, however, that the
status of the city will be changed finds no local adherents. The
various railroads entering here have determined to assist the
citizens of Galveston to the full extent of their ability in rebuilding
the city. Colonel L. J. Polk of the Santa Fe has received a ,,prr
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