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: 344
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344 GOVERNOR REPORTS TWELVE THOUSAND DEAD.
There was an expression of sympathy from the other, but
nothing approaching a tear from either.
"They are making good progress cleaning up," remarked the
one whose losses were heaviest, with a pleasant smile. The other
one makes light answer and they pass on.
The people of Galveston have seen so much death that they
are temporarily hardened to it. The announcement of the loss
of another friend means little to a man who has seen the dead
bodies of neighbors and townspeople hauled to the wharf by the
No services have been attempted for the dead. Neither has
there been memorial services. The Rev. J. M. K. Kerwin, priest
in charge of St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral, said : It was
impossible. Priest and layman had to join in the work of cleaning
the city of dead bodies. I-don't expect there will be memorial
services for a month,"
STOOD THE STORM WELL.
Father Kerwin's church is among the few which are comparatively
little damaged. He sets the value of Catholic property
destroyed in the city at $300,000. Included in this loss is the
Ursula convent and academy, which was badly damaged. It covered
four blocks between Twenty-fifth and Twenty-seventh streets
and Avenues N and 0. It was the finest in the South.
The city is rapidly improving in its sanitary conditions. The
smell from the ooze and mud with which most of the streets are
filled is stronger than that which comes from the debris heaps
containing undiscovered bodies. When these heaps are being
burned and the wind carries the smoke over the city, the odor is
very similar to that which afflicts Chicago at night when refuse
i5 being burned at the stockyards, and no worse. Soon even the
odor of the slime will be gone. Every dumpcart in the city is at
Every Galveston business man talks confidently of the future
of the city, though many of the clerks announce their intention
of going away as soon as they can accumulate money enough.
Here’s what’s next.
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