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GOVERNOR REPORTS TWELVE THOUSAND DEAD. 341
physicians that there is no extraordinary danger of sickness,
outside laborers will flock to Galveston, and before many days a
new city will rise on the storm-swept island.
" The telegraph and telephone companies and railroads have
been exceedingly generous since the great calamity. They have
not only given money, but everything has been transported to
that city free of charge, while those desiring to get away from the
harrowing scenes of Galveston have been transported free. The
people of Texas will long remember with grateful hearts the
kindness of these companies. It is now an assured fact that trains
will be running into Galveston this week, and, with uninterrupted
communication with the outside world, Galveston should soon
assume her normal condition."
DISTRIBUTING $40,000 A DAY.
Twenty thousand people are being fed and cared for daily in
Galveston with the supplies which are pouring in from all parts
of the country. This will be cut at least one-half in ten days, is
the statement of W. A. McVitie, chairman of the central relief
The estimated cost of the aid which is now being extended is
$40,ooo a day. The great bulk of the aid is going to the 4,000
men who are at work cleaning up the wreckage, digging for bodies
and cleaning the streets. Through them it goes to their families.
No able-bodied laboring man is allowed to escape the work,
whether he needs aid or not, though most of them do. The business
men who are in position to resume are allowed to attend to
their stores, and their clerical forces are not interfered with.
The debris-hunting and street-cleaning work will be put upon
a cash basis, the wages being $i.50. Time has been kept from
the beginning, though the records are not complete, and it is the
expectation, if the money which comes in from outside is
adequate, that the men will be paid for the full time they have
worked. This will apply to those who had to be made to work at
the point of the bayonet, as well as those who volunteered. their
services. This will not be given in cash, but in the form of orders
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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/m1/399/: accessed March 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .