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: 217
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DOOMED CITY TURNED TO CHAOS. 217
portions and of so dark a hue that it is possible to tell only by the
hair, when any hair is visible, whether the corpses are those of
white people or negroes.
Gen. McKibben U. S. A., and Adjt. Gen. Scurry arrived last
night and have assumed entire charge of the city, with the result
that conditions have very much improved as far as order and
method in the distribution of supplies and the direction of the
work is concerned. Gen. McKibben represents the government
in a general way, but has not assumed direct charge of the city,
which is under the command of Adjutant Gen. Scurry.
Several of the very young soldiers have been a trifle overzealous
in the matter of guarding the property, carrying their
energy to a point which made it somewhat uncomfortable for the
people whose property and person they came to guard. Gen.
Scurry repressed them promptly and several of them have been
disarmed. The service of the militia, on the whole, however, has
so far been of a most excellent character.
SIGHT-SEERS BARRED OUT.
Every effort is being made to induce people to leave Galveston,
and it is extremely difficult for anyone, no matter what his
business, unless he is in direct charge of a relief train, to gain
admittance to the place. Hundreds of people left Houston to-day
for Galveston, but could get no further than Texas City, which
is on the north side of Galveston Bay, and there they were compelled
to remain until the train brought them back to Houston.
No persuasion, no sum of money, would induce the guard to pass
them into the stricken city.
Orders had been issued that no sightseers were to be allowed,
and the order was obeyed with the utmost rigidity. It will be at
least a week before there is full and free communication with Galveston,
but matters are now steadily progressing toward a solution
of the problems that confront the relief committee. Every
effort is being made to induce people to leave, and one train,
which arrived in Houston at 5 o'clock this evening, carried 350
Wooen and children ; another at IQ o'clock carried twice s Many
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