The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 183
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VAST ARMY OF HELPLESS VICTIMS. 183
it from houses not wholly destroyed. When water is running
freely in the mains the fire will be started. Fires are burning at
intervals all along the beach over the gulf front, raising clouds of
smoke, which stretches far along the coast.
" The streets are clearing rapidly; many in the centre of the
town are to-day readily passable. Along the Bay and Gulf fronts,
however, the wreckage still chokes the streets. Sanitary conditions
are steadily improving. Physicians do not disguise the danger to
the city, but do not expect an epidemic. Five of them declared
to-day that if the refuse was completely burned, the streets were
thoroughly disinfected and the sewers quickly put in order, there
would be no pestilence.
GREAT EXODUS OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN,
"Women and children are leaving in large numbers. They
include all classes and conditions. In groups and sometimes in
long lines they pass down Tremont street on the way to the boat
bound for Texas City. Many are going never to return, poorly
and scantily clad, with handkerchiefs for hats, and all their worldly
goods stuffed into pillow-cases.
"The man who has no property or relatives in Galveston is
leaving for good. The future of Galveston depends upon whether
or not the town can retain its shipping. If Galveston can keep her
prestige as a port her revival is assured. All those who have
helped to make Galveston what it was are certain that it will continue
to be the great port of the Southwest. Not a man in town
who has any property will desert the city. Progressive citizens
have been especially cheered by the news that the English shippers
will continue to patronize the port and by the generous gift of
$5000 from R. P. Houston, member of the English Parliament and
head of the shipping firm of R. P. Houston
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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/m1/226/: accessed March 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .