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GOVERNOR REPORTS TWELVE THOUSAND DEAD. 347
many other ports of the coast, and I mourn with you and
the people of the United States over the terrible loss of life and
property caused by the hurricane, but-the magnitude of the disaster
is equaled by the indomitable spirit of the citizens of the
new world, who, in their long and continued struggle with
the adverse forces of nature have proved themselves to be
" I sincerely hope that Galveston will rise again to new
prosperity. WILLIAM, I. R.1"
PRESIDENT THANKS THE KAISER.
The President's reply was as follows :
"Executive Mansion, Sept. 14, I900.-His Imperial and
Royal Majesty, William II., Stettin, Germany : Your majesty's
message of condolence and sympathy is very grateful to the
American government and people, and in their name as well as
on behalf of the many thousands who have suffered bereavement
and irreparable loss in the Galveston disaster, I thank you most
earnestly. " WILLIAM MCKINLEY."
W. B. McGown, a member of the Dallas Rough Riders,
to-day arrived at Dallas from Galveston on sick leave. He denies
the reports that have been current in Dallas and other Texas
cities of trouble with soldiery at Galveston or of any misconduct
on the part of the militia. Mr. McGown says more and fresh
troops are needed at Galveston. One-half of the Houston Light
Guard have had to be relieved and placed on sick leave. A number
have died from malarial fever contracted at Galveston.
The Houston Cavalry, the Navasota Infantry, the Trezevant
Rifles, of Dallas, and the Rough Riders were the only troops on
duty last night, and a considerable part of these companies were
ulnfit for duty. Two infantry companies from Fort Worth, Claburn,
and the Dallas Artillery were expected to-day.
There were twenty-five fires kept burning to consume dead
bodies in the debris in a stretch of three miles. McGown says
information was received at the Dallas headquarters of the Gulf,
Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad that construction traits with
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