The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 250
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250 THRIILLING NARRATIVES BY EYE-WITNESSES.
the public work of relieving the general situation. A good Inany
cotton men who had interests in the market left a day or so( ago for
Houston and New Orleans, where they could look out for their
The Masons started early Monday to furnish relief to their
brethren. They established headquarters in the Masonic Temple,
which was partly wrecked, and have furnished food and the necessaries
of life. All Masons in distress are asked to go to them.
They bought provisions to the amount of $500 and have been distributing
what they had. A meeting this morning was held at
the temple to organize a central relief committee for more systematic
work, now that the first distress has been relieved.
LOSSES REPORTED EVERYWHERE.
The Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Company notified Chairman
Sealy of the relief committee that there was $5000 there for
its use. The Santa Fe has suffered great loss itself and is a flood sufferer
of great proportions in dollars and cents. Thomas Taylor, a
cotton man, on Monday bought $500 worth of men's clothing,
which he immediately distributed to the needy. The other men
of means are coming forward with donations for permanent relief
The Galveston Brewing Company suffered comparatively
slight property loss, although it will amount into the thousands.
Their utility was not impaired in the least, however, and they are
making ice as fast as they can, and selling it at the regular Galveston
rate 30c. per Ioo pounds. During the storm the brewery
building was the haven of between 300 and 500 people. The men
employed at the establishment were instrumental in saving
between seventy-five and Ioo people during the storm by going
out in it and swimming and wading as best they could, dragging
the people into safety in the brewery.
Captain Owens stated this morning that in the jumble of confusion
mention of the practical destruction of the towns of Arcadia
and Alta Loma had been omitted. At Arcadia there are abofit
150 people living. Arthur Boddeker lost his life during the storm
and two or three were hurt. At Alta Loma two children of Mr.
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