The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 210
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210 DETAILS OF THE OVERWHELMING TRAGEDY.
States for immediate help, and everybody here feels that the
response will be generous and speedy. These people know the
justness of their demand, and hence their confidence in getting
"W. O. Ansley, a well known cotton man of this city,
received a letter this morning, brought by private messenger,
from A. W. Simpson, a cotton man at Galveston, saying:
"'It's awful. Not a complete house in the city. Help
urgently needed. Thousands are homeless. Food is being dis;ributed
to the destitute, but lots more will be needed.'"
MISSING ONES SWELL DEATH LIST.
A newspaper writer who got through from Galveston, made
the following statement : "The condition at Galveston is heartrending
in the extreme for the injured, and it grows worse
momentarily. The list of the dead will not be fully known for
weeks; the list of the missing will swell rapidly as soon as the
people have begun to report their losses to the authorities, and
gradually this list of missing will change into the list of dead
as the bodies are recovered from the ruins in the city or are
picked up on the beach of the mainland, where many of them
now lie, it is believed. A meeting was held Sunday morning at
the Tremont Hotel, and at this meeting measures were considered
for the relief of the stricken.
" The conclusion was quickly reached that the citizens are
not equal to the task, notwithstanding their willingness, and an
appeal for aid was made to the President and the Governor. The
messages have already gone to them, and will probably be made
public all over the country by this afternoon. But no tardy aid
will suffice. It is present necessity that must be met."
H. Van Eaton, who travels for a Dallas firm, arrived from
Galveston, where he spent the perilous hours during the storm.
He reached that city Saturday morning and was unable to cross
to the mainland until Sunday afternoon.
"Just after it started to rain," he said last night, " several of
us thought we would walk down to the beach, but on seeing our
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