The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 330
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330 HAVOC MADE BY THE ANGRY STORM.
"The loss of life occasioned by the storm in Galveston and
elsewhere on the southern coast cannot be less than I2,000 lives,
while the loss of property will probably aggregate $20,00o,o0o.
"If the laboring people of Galveston will only get to work in
earnest, prosperity will soon again smile on the city. The money
and food contriL 'tions coming from a generous people have been a
great help to the people of Galveston, as it has relieved them of
the necessity of spending their money to support the needy, and it
can now be applied to the improvements of their own property and
putting again on foot their business enterprises.
"The work of clearing the streets of debris is progressing
rapidly under the perfect organization instituted by military rule
under Adjutant-General Scurry. Over two thousand men are
engaged on the work. Ninety-eight bodies are reported as having
been found in the wreckage and removed to-day. Bodies
found are buried or cremated and no systematic record has been
kept. The storm wrecked almost every vault in the six cemeteries
of the city, and many of the dead were washed to sea in metal
cases. So far only one casket has been found. It had been carried
three miles from the vault.
WORK PUSHED WITH VIGOR.
"The work under the direction of the health department is
pushed with vigor and rapidity. Over a carload of disinfectants
was taken from the wharves to-day and sent to the heath department
supply depot, and almost as much was taken from that place
and distributed over the city. Much was done in the way of
removing debris and disposing of animal carcasses. The sick and
wounded are receiving the best of treatment. Besides the other
hospitals and medical relief station already in service, the marine
hospital and refuge camp was opened this afternoon and will
accommodate a large number of patients. The outlook from a
health standpoint is very encouraging.
" Three pile drivers are at work closing up the breach in the
Galveston Bay bridge made by the steamship Roma. The rebuilding
of the bridge is progressing rapidly. A message from General
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Lester, Paul. The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/388/: accessed December 12, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .