The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 333
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HAVOC MADE BY THE ANGRY STORM. 333
Cremation of the dead is being pushed, but it will be many
days before the wbrking parties get out the last of the bodies. The
whole twenty-two miles of the island was submerged. The horrors
of the western portion beyond the city limits are just being learned.
At San Luis I8I bodies were burned to-day. Between twenty and
thirty bodies were counted among the piles of th. railroad bridge
between the island and Virginia Point. In Kinkead's addition
about ioo were lost, eighteen in one house. There were also losses
at Nottingham, one of the Galveston island villages, where nothing
but wreckage remains.
One hundred bodies were buried in Galveston on Sunday. The
further the men work in the Denver reservoir section the more
numerous do they find the dead. Fires are burning every 300 feet
on the beach and along many of the streets. Mayor Walter C.
Jones to-day, in response to a request, made a statement of conditions
and needs of Galveston people, basing his conclusions on the
most current information which has come to him. Mayor Jones'
*atement is as follows:
"WE ARE BROKE."
" It is almost impossible to speak definitely as yet of the needs
of our people. We are broke, the majority of us. Galveston must
have suffered, in my estimation, based upon all of the reports I
have to the extent of $20,000,000. We now need money more than
anything. From the advices I have received I believe that the shipments
of disinfectant and food supplies now on the way will be
sufficient to meet the immediate wants. By the time these are used
we shall have regained our tranquility."
This is the ninth day after the storm and still the grewsome
works goes on of recovering the dead from the gigantic mass of
debris that lines the southside of what remains of the city. Among
the scores of bodies recovered and cremated yesterday was a mother
with a suckling babe tightly clasped to her breast.
The body of Major W. T. Levy United States Immigrant
Inspector of this district, was among the number. He had made
a struggle to save his wife and three children but all were lost.
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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/m1/391/: accessed January 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .