The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 251
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THRILLING NARRATIVES BY EYE-WITNESSES. 251
Oteele were killed. There are six houses standing. All the groceries
at both places were damaged by water and these people are
in great need of provisions, medicines and food for stock.
One old man was found this morning who stated that he had
one hundred kinfolks in Galveston and he is the only survivor.
Galveston was a place where there were large families by
intermarriage, many of which had been established when the city
was but a village, fifty or more years ago. These had lived here
and increased until a family of Ioo was not improbable in the
least. The case of this old man is probably an extreme one in
the line of annihilation, but others have lost almost as heavily.
STEAMERS TORN FROM THEIR MOORINGS.
General Agent Denison was unable to give any definite information
about the movements of steamers out of Galveston. There
are now three here. The Alamo is aground on the north side of
the channel, having been torn front her moorings at the wharf during
the storm and swept to her present position.
Mr. Denison expressed the opinion that it might be possible
that dredging would be necessary to relieve the steamer. The
Qomal arrived in port Monday and berthed at pier 26, but was
unable to discharge much cargo. She moved down into the roads
Wednesday afternoon, driven there because of the stench at the
wharves and the impossibility of doing any business. The Sabine
arrived this morning and also anchored in the roads to await an
opportunity to discharge. The wharf is in bad shape for the
handling of cargo, being wet and muddy and torn up in a good
There was talk of urging Governor Sayers to call a special
session of the Legislature to take action to relieve the situation at
Galveston. This was done by Governor Culberson in I897 in the
case of El Paso, and is said to be sanctioned by the State Constitution.
Representative Dudly G. Wooten, of Dallas, said:
" In regard to the necessity for a specially called session of
the Legislature, it is difficult to speak intelligently unless we know
all the conditions. So far as the immediate physical wants of the
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Lester, Paul. The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/307/: accessed February 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .