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: 343
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GOVERNOR REPORTS TWELVE THOUSAND DEAD. 343
"What's the trouble ?" asked a bystander. An old negress
who was lined up waiting her turn, replied: "Oh, she's mad
'cause de white folks won't give her nuthin." So far no woman
has been required to work, but a strong feeling is developing to
compel negro women to work cleaning up the houses. There are
plenty of people who are willing to hire them, but as long as fre
food and clothing can be secured it is hard to get colored women
to go in and clean up the partially ruined homes.
"Our supply of foodstuffs is adequate," said Chairman
McVitie, "but just now we are a little short of clothing. This,
however, may not be true to-morrow. We have no idea of the
contents of the cars on the road to us. Frequently we don't know
anything is coming until the cars reach Texas City. With the
money which has been coming in we have been augmenting our
supplies by purchasing of local merchants in lines where there
was a shortage.
SAYS MONEY IS MOST NEEDED.
"What do we need worst? Money. If we have money we
can order just what we need and probably get better value than
the people who are buying it. Many people have made the mistake
of sending money to Houston and Dallas and asking committees
there to buy for us. They do not know just what we
need, and if we had the money we could do better for ourselves.
Money should be sent to us."
One of the most remarkable things attending the Galveston
disaster is the fortitude of the people. Their loss in relatives,
friends and property has been so overwhelming that it seems too
much to be expressed with outward grief.
Two men who had not seen each other since the disaster met
in the street. "How many did you lose ?" they asked by common
" I lost all my property, but my wife and I came through all
"I was not so fortunate. My wife and my little boy were
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