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2.52 THRILLING NARRATIVES BY EYE-WITNESSES.
flood-stricken district are concerned, the liberal contributions of
private charity will readily meet the emergency, as has been
demonstrated by the generous manner in which the people everywhere,
both in Texas and outside, have responded to the appeals
for help. Food, money and all the necessaries to alleviate the present
distresses of Galveston and the adjacent coast are already in
sight and being rapidly utilized.
" But I think the most serious problem is the one of sanitation.
It must be borne in mind that the results of this flood are
such as to create a condition that will inevitably produce a pestilence
unless it is dealt with promptly, intelligently and firmly.
Not only Galveston Island, but all the towns on the mainland and
all the coast for many miles have been subjected to an overflow
that has left the country in a deplorable unsanitary condition.
This is the season of the year when yellow fever, cholera and
other epidemic diseases have usually originated and done their
worst ravages. If a plague were to add its horrors to the fearful
havoc of the winds and waves, then indeed would the coast be
ruined, and the spread of the disease would speedily involve the
whole State and the South generally, resulting in a paralysis of
commerce and a state of terror and helplessness, the cost of which
cannot be even approximated or imagined.
CALL FOR MILITARY GUARDS.
"The strictest police and sanitary discipline and vigilance will
be required to prevent something of this kind, and that is where
the possible necessity of a legislative appropriation may become
imperative. There is practically no fund at the command of the
State authorities for those purposes. If the volunteer militia is to
be used to police the stricken districts, there is only a nominal sum
at the disposal of the Governor and Adjutant-General. That fund
would not last a week.
" Besides, it is likely that a horde of vandals and vagabonds
will congregate at the seat of the calamity to prey on the provisions
and supplies that a generous public has contributed to the
relief of the real sufferers.
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