The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 325
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HAVOC MADE BY THE ANGRY STORM. '325
two children, and for a moment gazed upon them and then
mechanically cast them into the fire. They were his own children.
He watched them until they were consumed and then he resumed
his work, assisting in removing other bodies.
A large force of men are still engaged in removing the dead
from Hurd's lane, about four miles west of the city. At this point
the water ran to a height of fourteen feet, and left in trees and
fences the bodies of men, women and children, which are now
being collected and cremated.
On the mainland the search for and cremation of bodies is
being vigorously prosecuted. Reports received from Bolivar Peninsula,
where between 300
and 400 bodies were lying along the
beach and inland, show that the dead are being buried as rapidly
as possible. The man bringing the report says the force is inadequate
and should be immediately increased.
DISINFECTING THE CITY.
The manner of disposing of the wreckage and its mass of
bodies in this city has not as yet been definitely decided upon.
very energy is now employed in getting rid of the dead, opening
creets, cleaning alleys and gutters and disinfecting the city.
When this is done the removal of the immense mass of debris will
commence. Everything is in readiness to turn on the current for
the electric lights in the business district, but because of the
danger from hanging wires on the circuit, the lighting has been
indefinitely postponed. Three telephone wires are now working
between Galveston and Houston.
Chairman Davidson, of the Relief Committee, says the greatest
sufferers from the storm are those persons of limited means
who owned homes near the beach. There are hundreds of these,
who owned lots, and by giving liens upon them, had homes constructed
by loan companies.
A. Holzman, representing Frederick G. Holzman, of Cincinnati,
purchaser of the sewerage bonds of the city of Galveston to
the amount of $300,000, arrived to-day and consulted with the city
officials as to whether it was proposed to accept a sewerage system
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