The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 334
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334 HAVOC MADE BY THE ANGRY STORM.
The bodies of the wife and children have not been recovered, or if
so they are still among the uninterred dead.
The task of recovering the bodies that are beneath or jammed
into this immense rick of debris, extending from the eastern to the
western limits of the city, a distance of over thie miles, is a
herculean one, and the most expenditious way of removing the
whole from a sanitary point of view, is by fire. This, however, in
the crippled condition of the fire department and water works,
would endanger the remaing portion of the city. As it now stands
this immense mass of debris, strewn with dead bodies, the carcasses
of decaying animals, etc., is a sore nenance to the health of the
city and is the most difficult problem the Board of Health has to
OPENING UP THE STREETS.
The work of opening up the streets and disinfecting them is
being vigorously prosecuted. The debris and garbage is being
removed, 250 vessels of every description carrying it out to a safe
place, where it is burned. In a few days all streets will be opened
for the passage of vehicles. It was decided at a meeting of the
Central Executive Commiltee that all the laborers employed in
burying the dead, cleaning the buildings and moving the debris
from the streets and sidewalks shall receive $1.50 per day and
rations. Heretofore they have been working for nothing, and if
they refused were impressed by the military.
The work of relief of the sick and injured is well in hand
and under the direction of skilled physicians and nurses it is improved
daily. Eleven hundred tents were received by the Board
of Health. All except 300, retained for hospital purposes, will be
,distributed by the chairmen of various ward sub-committees to
shelter the homeless in their respective wards.
Houston, Tex., September 17.-The day after the report of the
storm at Galveston had been published to the world the Houston
representative of a Northern journal received this " rush " tele.
gramn: "Get photographs of Galveston storm scenes, no matter
what the expense; rush them through."
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