The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 179
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VAST ARMY OF HELPLESS VICTIMS. 179
enthusiastic and encouraging message from the headquarters of the
road, declaring confidence in Galveston, urging the business community
to proceed at once to the work of reconstruction, and
promising every help in their power. As a result of the receipt of
the message, Colonel Polk said yesterday:
"The railroad interests have decided to combine their forces
in order to rebuild as quickly as possible a bridge from Virginia
Point to Galveston. A large number of men will go to work in the
morning with this end in view. You may say to the country that in
six days a bridge will have been built, and trains will be running
over it. I have had a consultation with the wharf interests, and
they have promised us that they will be prepared to handle ingoing
and outgoing shipments by the time the bridge is finished. The
bridge we will build will be of substantial but temporary character.
We will subsequently replace it with a more enduring structure.
There is no reason why Galveston ought not commercially to
resume normal conditions in ten days."
MEDICAL COLLEGE SHATTERED.
" Colonel Prather, President of the Board of Regents of the
Medical College here, and Colonel Breckinridge, a member of the
Board, were among the late arrivals yesterday. They met
General McKibben, and were driven to the institution. They
found the building in a badly shattered condition, but on their return
it was announced that the college would be immediately reconstructed
by private beneficence if the State was unable to bear
" Large gangs have been at work in the business district, and
splendid progress in clearing away debris has been made. The
street car company has a large force of men at work cutting wires,
'etnoving obstructions, and putting their track in condition."
The News correspondent telegraphs as follows from Houston:
"Inquiries as to the loss of life and property continue to pour in.
The list will never be known. There have been already handled
on the Galveston island, and along the bay shores of the mainland
opposite the island, about 4000 corpses. The long stretch of debris
Here’s what’s next.
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