The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 340
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Governor Sayres Revises His Estimate of Those Lost and
Makes it 12,ooo-A Multitude of the DestituteAbundant
Supplies and Vast Work
OVERNOR SAYRES issued a statement September g9th,
in which he said in part: "The loss of life occasioned by
the storm in Galveston and elsewhere on the southern coast
cannot be less than 12,00 lives, while the loss of property will
probably aggregate $20,000,000. Notwithstanding this severe
affliction, I have every confidence that the stricken districts will
rapidly revive, and that Galveston will, from her present desolation
and sorrow, arise with renewed strength and vigor."
Speaking further of the situation at Galveston, the Governor
said: "I look for the rebuilding of Galveston to be well under
way by the latter part of this week. The work of cleaning the
city of unhealthful refuse and burying the dead will have been
completed by that time, and all the available labor in the city can
be applied to the rebuilding.
" If the laboring people of Galveston will only get to work in
earnest, prosperity will soon again smile on the city. Arrangements
have been made to pay all the laborers working under the
direction of the military authorities $i.5o and rations for every
day they have worked or will work. An account has been kept
of all work done, and no laborer will lose one day's pay.
"The money and food contributions coming from a generous
people have been a great help to the people of Galveston, as it
has relieved them of the necessity of spending their money to
support the needy, and it can now be applied to the improvement
of their own property and putting again on foot their business
" Five dollars a day is being offered to the mechanics who
will come to Galveston, and with the assurance from reputable
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