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: 338
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338 HAVOC MADE BY THE ANGRY STORM.
here. Mayor Jones, for instance, said to-day: " Chicago people are
the best kind of friends to have when one is in trouble. We cannot
express our thanks to them. We will show by our future
what their help has meant to us. Like Chicago we will rise above
all disaster and rebuild our city better than it has ever been before."
Eleven hundred tents were received to-day by the Board of
Health. All except 300, which were retained for the marine lhospital
on the beach, have been distributed to the homeless in the
Miss Clara Barton is giving her time and attention to assisting
in the work of relief and ascertaining what supplies are necessary
to meet the exigencies of the situation.
NUMEROUS CASES OF INSANITY.
The city takes on more of the appearance of a business place
each day. To-day horse cars are running downtown, while there is
both water and electric service in limited portions of the city.
Telephone communication has been opened with Houston, and both
of the telegraph companies have greatly improved their service.
All the railroad companies announce they will have trains into the
city inside of three days, although at first only trains with construction
material may risk the trip across the repaired bridge.
The Santa Fe Road expects its first train on Thursday.
A systematic effort was begun this morning to obtain the
names of the dead, so that the information can be used for legal
purposes and for life insurance settlements. Sworn statements
from witnesses of death are being recorded, and communication
with people with information who have left the city is being
There are numerous cases of insanity in Galveston as a result
of the terrible bereavements sustained by the survivors. Judge
John J. Reagan, a prominent lawyer, is at the Masonic relief station
in a pitable condition. Judge Reagan lost every relative he
had in Galveston. He sits hour by hour in pathetic silence. Then
he bursts out laughing, and his laughter is followed by tears.
There are now about 200 soldiers in Galveston doing police
Here’s what’s next.
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Lester, Paul. The great Galveston disaster, containing a full and thrilling account of the most appalling calamity of modern times including vivid descriptions of the hurricane, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/396/: accessed April 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .