The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 331
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HAVOC MADE BY THE ANGRY STORM. 331
Superintendent Nixon, of the Santa Fe Railroad, to General
Manager Polk this evening, said trains will be able to cross on
Thursday. Orders have been issued to allow freight to proceed to
Galveston. The tracks on Galveston Island will be completed to
the bridge to-morrow noon. Engines are again running into the
Union Depot, and are bringing freight to the ships in port.
"The water works system is being gradually restored and tlle
iiains are now supplying the various hospitals. Miss Clara
Barton, of Red Cross Society, has opened a depot for supplies.
She has sent orders for medicine and surgical dressings, food for
the sick and clothing and shoes.
WANTS A BREAKWATER.
"Congressman Hawley advocates the building of a breakwater,
beginning at the south jetty and extending westward,
parallelling the shore of Galveston Island for a distance of about
seven miles. With a base of twenty-five feet and crown of eight
feet, capped with heavy granite blocks, he believes this would
break the force of a tidal wave and adequately protect Galveston.
" The people are still leaving the city in considerable numbers,
but the relief work locally has now been gotten down to such a fine
point that it is likely there will be a marked diminution of the
exodus during the next two or three days. Fears of an epidemic
have been allayed by the distribution of medicines and disinfectants,
and a feature which would undoubtedly have had the effect of
causing many to seek succor elsewhere has been eliminated from
" Supplies and money are now pouring in from all over the
country, and at least seven figures are needed to express the
amount of cash so far received. This is being used judiciously,
and the good effects of the presence of such a relief fund in the
city are already apparent. An order of the military government
directed against idle negro women went into operation to-day. It,
has been decided by the Central Relief Committee to establish a
camp in which these women will be held and kept off the streets
and out of the way of those who are burying the dead."
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