The great Galveston disaster, containing a full and thrilling account of the most appalling calamity of modern times including vivid descriptions of the hurricane Page: 285
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RELIEF WORK FOR THE SICK AND DYING. 285
work.' I have not the money to make good the promise. I hope
and believe that the country will understand the situation. We
must have this city cleaned up at any cost and with the greatest
speed possible. If it is not done with all haste, and at the same
time done well, there may be a pestilence, and if it once breaks out
here it will not be Galveston alone that will suffer.
" Such things spread, and it is not only for the sake of this
city, but for others outside that I urge that above all things we want.
money. The nation has been most kind in its response to the appeals
of Galveston, but from what I hear, food and disinfectants
sufficient for temporary purposes at least, are here or on the way.
The country does not understand. It cannot understand, unless it
could visit Galveston, the awful situation prevailing here."
NO DANGER OF PESTILENCE.
Dr. A. B. Chamberlain. -id that Galveston would now escape
epidemic in any form. He had been through two of these Gulf
coast visitations, though upon a smaller scale. "We may have
some mild cases of fever as the result of the shock and the exposure,"
he said, "but I am confident there will be nothing
This seems to be quite generally the opinion of the doctors
wno are not advising any wholesale exodus. They put great faith
ill the free use of disinfectants and in the bracing salt air which
blows continuously over the island.
" A barrel of lime is worth more to us now than a ton of food,"
was the expression of Dr. J. O. Dyer. "Let us appeal," he continued,
"for Io,ooo barrels of lime and 500 barrels of tar. Each
block will require at the least ten
barrels scattered on its respective
lots and streets, burn the tar in offensive localities."
Ladies of Galveston are engaged in a work which is perhaps
without precedent in relief effort. They are making many little
bags, into which they place two or three lumps of camphor. The
bags have strings by which they can be fastened at the heady*f
that they will rest on the lip just under the nose. They are to be
worn by the men engaged in the search and cremation of bodies.
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