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18', VAST ARMY OF HELPLESS VICTIMS.
along the beach and the western part of the island has not yet
been heard from. The prairies of the mainland over which the
waters rushed have also their tales to tell. I should say, after investigation,
that a conservative estimate of the loss of life in Galveston
would be 8000. The names of thousands of victims will
never be known. They have simply passed out of existence. As
to the property loss, it is hard to make an estimate. Colonel
Lowes's estimate of $I5,000,000 to $20,000,000 is conservative."
GALVESTON'S DISTRESSING APPEAL RENEWED.
Austin, Tex., September I5.-Governor Sayers last night
received the following official report from Mayor Jones, of Galveston,
as to conditions there:
" Hon. Joseph D. Sayers, Governor: After the fullest possible
investigation here we feel justified in saying to you, and
through you to the American people, that no such disaster has
overtaken any community or section in the history of our country.
The loss of life is appalling, and can never be accurately determined.
It is estimated at 5000 to 8000 people. There is not a
home in Galveston that has not been injured, while thousands
have been destroyed. The property loss represents accumulations
of sixty years, and more millions than can be safely stated. Under
these conditions, with io,ooo people homeless and destitute, with
the entire population under a stress and strain difficult to realize,
we appeal directly in the hour of our great emergency to the svmpathy
and aid of mankind. WALTER JONES, Mayor."
GREAT ANXIETY FOR FRIENDS.
Memphis, Tenn., September i5.-The following telegram from
Mayor Jones, of Galveston, was received here to-day:
"To the Associated Press, Memphis, Tenn.: I am in receipt
of thousands of telegrams offering assistance and inquiring about
absent friends and relatives. All of these have been promptly
answered, but restricted communication has probably served to
cause delay in transmission and delivery. The telegraphic companies
are doing all in their power to restore prompt communica-
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