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RELIEF WORK FOR THE SICK AND DYING. 289
shall again. As sorrowful as it is, however, I do not believe the
people of Galveston will give way to despair. There is still a great
future for this city, and those who survive must wisely realize the
present and build to the future.
" Such destruction is impossible of repetition, and all Texas
will regret if Galveston halts and refuses to improve the possibillties
within her grasp. The horrible past-and thank God it is
past-with its innumerable heartaches, is too awful to discuss."
MAYOR SETS ALL AT WORK.
(' Mayor Walter C. Jones has issued a proclamation revoking
all passes heretofore issued, and placing Brigadier General Thomas
Scurry in command of all forces. General Scurry has appointed
Hunt McCaleb his adjutant, and only passes signed by him will be
recognized. All able men without the passes will be put at work
clearing the wreckage and burning and burying the dead.
" At a meeting of the relief committee yesterday it was decided
not to pay for labor, but time checks will be issued and paid later.
Only those sick and those working will receive assistance from the
HUGE TANK MOVED SIX BLOCKS.
To those acquainted with the wharf front a peculiar thing is
presented near the foot of Twenty-first street. The big steel tank
of the Waters-Pierce Oil Company, in which was stored during the
season cotton seed oil, at the foot of Fifteenth street, was blown to
Twenty-first street, a distance of six blocks. It landed on its bottom
and rests now in an upright position. It is a large tank and
heavy, but the elements got the better of it.
This morning the streets are pretty well crowded with business
vehicles; a great many large concerns are doing business,
and there is a general appearance of activity which will in a great
measure relieve the feeling of unrest and stem the tide of people
trying to get away from Galveston.
The prospect for rail communication is improving, but no day
can be set when trains can be run to the island. Large forces are
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Lester, Paul. The great Galveston disaster, containing a full and thrilling account of the most appalling calamity of modern times including vivid descriptions of the hurricane, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/347/: accessed June 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .