The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 308
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308 RESCUE OF THE PERISHING.
ager Van Vleck that, although the damage to its property in this
city is fully 80 per cent, it will proceed to restore it as rapidly as
possible. Mr. Van Vleck says that men and mortar are already
being carried to Virginia Point for work on the bridge, and that
inside of forty days he expects to be running trains into Galveston
again. He will not work in connection with any other road, nor
build a joint bridge to the city, but he says his company will
permit other roads to use the bridge when it is ready.
The scenes on the streets when provisions are being distributed
are pathetic in the extreme. Many families, among whose
members hunger was possibly never felt before, are being supplied
with provisions. Wizened-faced, bare-footed children were to be
seen on the street eagerly appropriating spoiled and cast-off stocks
The committee is trying to systematize the work, so as to
relieve the worst cases first. Mayor Jones said:
"We have made such arrangements as will make it possible
for us to feed the needy until we can get in full supplies. We are
relieving every case presented to us. I think within a day or two
our transportation facilities will be sufficient temporarily to meet
our needs. Galveston has helped other cities in their distress,
despite her size, and we are consoled by the generous response of
the country to our appeal. "
The committee has instructed the local drug stores to provide
the poor and needy with medicine at the expense of the relief fund.
Every strong-limbed man who has not his own home and
property to look after is being pressed into the service of the city.
First of all, it is necessary to get the waterworks in good condition,
so that water may be turned into the mains, the gutters
flushed, and the sewers made usable. The lack of water since the
flood has contributed much to the discomfort and the danger to
Volunteer gangs continue their work of hurried burial of the
corpses they find on the shores of Galveston Island at the neighboring
points where fatalities attended the storm. It will prob-
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