The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 342
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342 GOVERNOR REPORTS TWELVE THOUSAND DEAD.
for tools for mechanics, lumber for those who have homes they
wish to repair, etc.
Heretofore practically every able-bodied man has been made
to work, and unless he worked he got no supplies. The first few
days' wages consisted entirely of rations, which were given according
to the number and needs of the laborer's family, regardless
of the amount of work he accomplished. Since other supplies
have begun coming in they have been added.
The work of distribution is being conducted systematically
and with an apparent minimum of imposition and fraud. There is a
central committee, of which W. A. McVitie, a prominent business
man, is chairman. Then there is a committee for each one of the
twelve wards. As fast as goods or provisions arrive from the
mainland they are placed in the central warehouse, from there
the different ward chairmen requisition them, and they are taken
to supply depots in the different wards. All day long there is a
motley crowd around every one of these depots, negroes predominating
at least two to one. Every applicant passes in review
before the ward chairman.
ONLY THE DESTITUTE HELPED.
" Ah want a dress foh ma sistah, says a big negress.
"You're 'Manda Jones, and you haven't any sister living
here," replied the chairman.
"Foh de Lord, ah has; ah ain't 'Mandy Jones at all; we
done live on Avenue N before de storm, and we los' everything."
"Go out with this woman and find out if she has a sister who
needs a dress," says the chairman to a committeeman. In this
way check is kept on all the applicants for aid.
At the 5th ward distributing station clothing was being given
away this evening. A negro woman, who had been refused a,
supply, went outside and by way of revenge pointed out different
ones of her friends and neighbors whom she alleged were similarly
'Dat woman done los' nothin' at all, "she shrieked. "Ah
did not los' nuthin' mahself and doan wan' nuthin."
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