The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 254
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25.4 THRI .I.NG NOARRATIVES BY EYE-WNITNESSES.
to Galveston and made his headquarters there. He went down to
size up the situation for the grand order of which he is the head.
He was there two days, all of which tinle lie used to get accurately
at the facts. He moved about through tile city to see for himself,
and also talked to the prominent business men ill order to reach a
nearly accurate conclusion. He met prominent officials of his own
and other orders, together with distinguished physicians.
" I agree with statements that it is a terrible disaster, but I
think some of the estimates have been made too high," said he.
" I want you to bear in mind if my investigation would indicate it,
I would put the loss of life at any figure, no matter how great."
MACHINERY A COMPLETE LOSS.
Major R. B. Baer, receiver of the Galveston City Street Railway,
who is in this city now, says that to-day he telegraphed the
Guarantee Trust Company, the owners of the property, that it
would take $200,000 to $250,000 to repair the damage to the street
railway. The powerhouse and machinery are a complete loss and
seven miles of track is gone, as well as all of the trestle work.
"After the storm and until I left Galveston yesterday I walked
an average of ten miles a day," said Majcr Baer, "and I know
there is hardly a building in the city that is not damaged, while
the stocks of merchandise are damaged from 25 to go per cent. Thlle
Galveston, Houston and Northern and the Santa Fe both expect
their roads to be open to Virginia Point by Saturday, and then some
light draught steamboats will be put on to ply between Virginia
Point and Galveston. Both of these roads will commence work oq
their bridges across the bay as soon as material can be gotten on
the ground. The Santa Fe has now a force of 400 men working
toward Virginia Point and a large force on the island repairing
their track. The Southern Pacific is putting to work all the men
they can get."
One of the Texas journals made editorial comment as follows:
" Duty is still all that all can do. Many of the survivors of the
storm are ill, others bruised, wounded, broken, hungry and breadless,
others hapless orphans, too young to realize their sad condition.
Here’s what’s next.
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