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: 189
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VAST ARMY OF HELPLESS VICTIMS. 189
"The most harrowing reports have been brought to Governor
Sayers by dozens of relief committees, which have been pouring in
here from all the cities along the coast pleading for assistance. In
response to an invitation from the Governor a special committee of
Galveston citizens, headed by Major Skinner, of the Galveston
Cotton Exchange, arrived for consultation with Governor Sayers.
VAST AMOUNT OF WORK TO BE DONE.
"The Relief Committee reported to the Governor that the city
authorities would prefer that the city remain under the command
of State Adjutant-General Scurry for the time being at least; that
he not only be allowed to superintend the patrolling of the city, but
that he be placed in charge of the sanitary work as well, and that
he be allowed to hire 2000 laborers from other portions of the State,
as the laborers in Galveston had their own homes to look after.
" Governor Sayers will not only secure the importation of 2000
outside laborers for sanitary work, but he will recognize any drafts
made by Chairman Seeley, of the local Galveston Relief Committee,
for such moneys as he may want from time to time, and in such
quantities as are necessary, the same to be expended under the exclusive
control of the chairman and the local Finance Committee
"In addition to the Galveston plea for assistance, several relief
committees from other points were entertained by the Governor.
The one from Velasco, following the Galveston committee, stated that
there were 2000 destitute there. Alvin reported 8oo0 in the neighborhood.
The Columbia District reported 2500, and several other
towns reported in proportion, Fort Bend County coming with a
report of some I5,000 in that county alone.
"In view of these reports Governor Sayers ordered bacon and
flour to be sent to Galveston, Richmond, Fort Bend, Angleton,
Velasco and Alvin in quantities ranging from 200,000 pounds of
flour and o00,000 pounds of bacon for Galveston, to 5000 pounds of
the former and 20,000 pounds of the latter as an emergency supply
for Alvin. More supplies will follow at once."
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Lester, Paul. The great Galveston disaster, containing a full and thrilling account of the most appalling calamity of modern times including vivid descriptions of the hurricane, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/236/: accessed August 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .