The great Galveston disaster, containing a full and thrilling account of the most appalling calamity of modern times including vivid descriptions of the hurricane Page: 332
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332 HAVOC MADE BY THE ANGRY STORM.
To put Galveston on her feet will require $5,0o0,000. Such
is the opinion of Congressman Hawley, one of the representative
business men. This does not mean that the sum mentioned will
come anywhere near restoring the city to the condition before the
storm. Far from it.
Mr. Hawley was simply asked: " What measure of relief will
burn your dead, clean and purify your streets and public places,
feed and clothe the living and place your people where they can
be self-sustaining and in a way to regain what has been lost ?"
His reply was: " It will take $5,ooo,ooo to relieve Galveston
from the distress of the storm. At least that sum will be needed
to dispose of the dead, to remove the ruins and to do what is right
for the living.
SOME MEANS TO HELP PEOPLE.
'I think that we should not only feed and clothe, but that we
ought to have some means to help people who have lost everything
to make a start toward the restoration of their homes. To do this
will require every dollar of $5,ooo,ooo."
There are now on the scene more nurses and physicians than
are required. The injured are rapidly recovering from their
wounds, which are largely superficial. Many men and women are
suffering from severe nervous shock, and find it impossible to
sleep. Food is coming in by the boatload and carload faster
than it can be handled, in such generous quantities that no further
doubts are entertained about supplies. Relief headquarters in each
of the twelve wards deal out supplies to applicants in their respective
Estimates of the numbers dependent upon the relief committees
vary. Mayor Jones makes it about 8000, while other authorities
put the number as high as 15,000. In the business centre the
streets have been cleaned and opened. All buildings still show
marks of wind and water, but goods are displayed and business is
:)cing transacted. The city is gradually assuming its bustling
ante-flood appearance. Stenches no longer assail the nostrils, except
where much debris still remains untouched.
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