The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 345

GOVERNOR REPORTS TWELVE TIrOUSAND DEAD. 345
"I'm not afraid of another storm," said a clerk in one of the principal
stores. "But I'm sick and tired of the whole business."
The Southwestern Telephone and Telegraph Company, which
is a branch of the Erie system, will rebuild its telephone system
here. "This will take us three months, and in the meantime we
will give no service save long-distance," said D. McReynolds,
,superintendent of construction. " We will install a central emergency
system the same as that in Chicago and put all wires under
ground. We will employ five hundred men if necessary to do the
work in ninety days. The company's losses in Texas are $300,000
-$200,000 here, $60,ooo at Houston and the rest at other points."
Residents here are greatly pleased at this announcement, as it
shows the confidence of a foreign company in the future of
Galveston.
ONLY ONE WHO ESCAPED.
Cooped up in a house that collapsed after being carried along
by a deluge of water, John Elford, brother of A. 'B. Elford, Chicago,
his wife and little grandson, met death in the flood during
the Galveston storm. Milton, son of John Elford, was in the
building with the family at the time, and is the only one of the
many occupants, including fifteen women, that is known to have
escaped.
A. B. Elford was dumbfounded when he received the first information
of the disaster, for he had no idea of his brother being in
Texas. John Elford was a retired farmer and merchant of Lang.
don, N. D. He recently had taken his family on a trip to old and
New Mexico. Mr. Elford yesterday received the following letter
from Langdon, N. D.:
" We have just received a letter from Milton. Father, mother,
Dwight and Milton went to Galveston from Mineral Springs,
Texas, where they had previously been stopping. They were so
delighted with Galveston on reaching there that they sold their
return tickets and decided to remain about two months. They
were at first in a house near the beach, but moved farther away
and to a larger and stronger house when the water began to rise.
"All at once the water came down the street, bringing houses

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