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302 RESCUE OF THE PERISIING.
one who saw it. No one tells the same story of the way the storm
rose, or how it went. No two men tell the story of rescue quite
alike. I have just heard of a little boy who was picked up floating
on a plank. His mother and father and brothers and sisters
were all lost in the storm. He tells a dozen different stories of
his rescue on the night of the storm.
" But the city is gradually getting back to a normal understanding
of the situation, just as one comes out of a long fainting
fit, and says : 'Where am I ?"
"The Mayor is doing everything in his power to straighten
matters out. Martial law is strictly enforced. The Chief of
Police is busy, very busy. I caught him in the hotel rotunda
this morning. There were five or six men around him, all trying
to get permits. He would not listen to one of them.
TOO BUSY TO TALK.
"He transfixed me with a stony stare when I asked him for
some information. He did not have time to bother with me. He
was too busy feeding the hungry and comforting the destitute
and taking care of thieves to care whether the outside world knew
anything about him or his opinions or not.
" The little parks are full of homeless people. The prairies
around Galveston are dotted with little camp fires, where the
homeless and destitute are trying to gather their scattered families
together, and find out who among them are dead and who are
"There are thousands and thousands of families in Galveston
to-day without food or a place to lay their heads.
"But oh, in pity's name, in America's name, do not delay help
one single instant! Send help quickly, or it will be too late.
"One week has passed since the awful calamity which laid
/low beautiful Galveston and the story has not yet been half told.
The people against whom the appalling catastrophe was visited
are just beginning to awake from the horrible nightmare which
had its inception in the roaring torrents of the Gulf of Mexico.
"With the awakening comes memory-remembrance of awful
Here’s what’s next.
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