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298 RESCUE OF THE PERISHING.
one single instant. Five thousand would never cover the number
of people who died here in that terrible storm.
"In the short time I have been here I have met and talked
with women who saw every one they loved on earth swept away
from them out in the storm. As I look out of my window I can
see the blood-red flame leaping with fantastic gesture against the
sky. There is no wire into Galveston, and I will have to send this
message out by the first boat.
" For the present the two things needed are money and disinfectants.
More nurses and doctors are needed. Galveston wants
help-quick, ready, willing help. Don't waste a minute to send
it. If it does not come soon this whole region will be a prey to a
plague such as has never been known in America. iuick-lime
and disinfectants, and money and clothes-all these things Galveston
must have, and have at once, or the people of this country
will have a terrible crime on their conscience.
MAKING A FIGHT FOR LIFE.
"The people of Galveston are making a brave and gallant
fight for life. The citizens have organized under efficient and
willing management. Gangs of men are at work everywhere
removing the wreckage. The city is districted according to wards,
and in every ward there is a relief station. They give out food
at the relief stations. Such food as they have will not last long.
" I sat in one relief station for anhour this morning and saw
several people who had come asking for medicine and disinfectants
and a few rags of clothing to cover their pitiful nakedness,
turned away. The man in charge of the bureau took the last
nickel in the world out of his pocket and gave it to make up a
sum for a woman with a new-born baby in her arms to buy a little
garment to cover its shivering flesh.
"The people of the State of Texas have risen to the occasion
nobly. They have done everything that human beings, staggering
and dazed under such a blow, could possibly do, but they are
only human. This is no ordinary catastrophe. One who has not
been here to see with his own eyes the awful havoc wrought by
Here’s what’s next.
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