The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 227
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DOOMED CITY TURNED TO CHAOS. 227
connection from the pumps to the mains and is making a eftr
nection from rig tank to mains.
Some of the large pipe needed was not available, but carpenters
are making a wooden section which will stand the slight
pressures. It is expected that water will be turned into the
mains from the rig tank before morning. This will give a
supply in yard hydrants and fill plugs from which, the steamers
can work. The men at work on the pumps and pipes are well
along with their work, but the boilermakers are not so far along.
Mr. McMaster thinks the pumps can be started by to-morrow,
and that they will give the usual pressure in the mains.
VISITORS DO NOBLE WORK.
In addition to the arrangements made for handling people
from here to Texas City and thence via the Galveston, Houston
and Henderson Railroad to Houston, the prospect is that the
Southern Pacific will be ready for passengers within
the next few days. Mr. W. S. Keenan, general passenger
agent of the Santa Fe, said this evening that he expected that
their track would be completed to both ends of the bridges by
to-morrow evening. The company has chartered three boats and
will take passengers by train from Galveston to the bridge and there
transfer by boat to the mainland.
A large number of people reached here to-day from Houston
and other points. Some of them came to lend helping hands, and
are doing noble work; others came to look for relatives. But
there are many who come out of sheer curiosity and who do
nothing but eat provisions and drink the water. They are
taking up room in the boats returning to mainland which women
and children ought to have. People who are not coming to help,
or on other urgent missions, ought to remain away; sightseers
are not wanted, and those who have no higher purpose in coming
do Galveston the greatest service within their power by staying
The police and 'soldiers have orders not to permit the land.
ing of _i ; fad the order is being carried out as far as
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