The great Galveston disaster, containing a full and thrilling account of the most appalling calamity of modern times including vivid descriptions of the hurricane Page: 187
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VAST ARMY OF HELPILESS VICTIMS. 187
which came down on the New York steamer, has been set up on
deck, and we are thus enabled to relieve much suffering by supplying
drinking water to the many who call on us for relief. We
have also furnished as much food to the needy as we can possibly
" All that can be thought of now is the disposing of the dead.
Already one steamer load and four barge loads have been sent out
co sea. During the height of the hurricane the tide rose seven or
eight feet above the usual high water mark and three feet over the
"There are five hundred men working to repair the city water
works and in the meantime we are furnishing all the water we can
possibly distil to the sufferers and aiding them in such other ways
as lie in our power."
With a view to the restoration of the fortifications in the harbor
of Galveston, General Wilson, chief of engineers, organized a
Board of engineer officers, consisting of Colonel Henry M. Robert,
stationed in New York; Major Henry M. Adams, stationed in New
Orleans; Captain Charles H. Riche, stationed in Galveston, and
Captain Edgar Jadwin, stationed in New York, tc meet in Galveston
at the call of the senior officer about October 20.
RESTORATION OF PUBLIC WORKS.
The Board is instructed to make a careful examination of tne
jetties and fortifications of Galveston and to report to the Chief of
Engineers what action is necessary for the repair and restoration
of the fortifications and harbor works.
Acting Secretary of War Meiklejohn has received a telegram
from Mayor Jones, of Galveston, saying: "The people of the city
of Galveston desire to return to you their heartfelt thanks for your
assistance in their hour of trouble and affliction."
A despatch also was received from General McKibben saying
that there are plenty of doctors in Galveston, but that disinfectants
are badly needed.
"Washington, September I5.--In response to the request of
your journal concerning the situation in Galveston, I have a report
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