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282 RELIEF WORK FOR THE SICK AND DYING.
means of getting to the mainland, owing to the trouble with the
owner of the boat.
"The sanitary conditions do not improve. Dr. Trueheart,
chairman of the committee in charge of caring for the sick and
injured, is going on with dispatch. More physicians are needed,
and he requests that about thirty outside physicians come to Galveston
and work for at least a month, and, if needed, longer. The
city's electric light service is completely destroyed, and the city
electrician says it may be sixty days before the business portion
can be lighted.
" A glorious and modern Galveston to be rebuilt in place of
the old one, is the cry raised by the citizens, but it would seem a
task beyond human power to ever remove the wreckage of the old
" The total number of people fed in the ten wards Saturday,
the I5th, was 16,I44. Sunday the number increased slightly.
No accurate statement of the amount of supplies can be obtained
as they are being put in the general stock as soon as received."
"SEEMS LIKE AN AWFUL DREAM."
destitute save' for a few personal effects carried in a small
valise, and with nerves shattered by a week of horror, Mr. and
Mrs. C. A. Prutsman, with their two daughters, twelve and six
years old, reached Chicago from the flood-swept district of Texas.
They came direct from Galvestpn, via. Houston and St. Louis.
During all of one afternoon the little family sat at the Rock
Island station waiting for a train to take them to Putnam, Ill.,
where Mrs. Prutsman has relatives. When it was learned that
they were from Galveston, they were besieged with questions concerning
the details of the terrible storm. Crowds of waiting passengers
flocked about them, and they told the gruesome story
over and over.
"Yes, we were fortunate," said Mrs. Prutsman, as she leaned
wearily back in a rocking chair, and tenderly contemplated the two
children at her side. " It seems to me just like an awful dream,
and when I think of the hundreds and hundreds of children who
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