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: 348
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848 GOVERNOR .EPORTS TWELVE THOUSAND DEAD.
materials had already crossed the bay from the mainland to Galveston
Island. Local Santa Fe officials say supplies and building
materials will be rushed to-the island rapidly from now on. Galveston
now has railroad, telegraph and telephone connection with
the outside world.
A special correspondent writing from Galveston on September
"The most serious problem which now confronts those in
authority here is the disposition of the dead and the removal of
wreckage. This matter is being attended to by a large force
scattered through the city, but the number is inadequate to meet
the requirements. EXHAUSTION
THINS OUT THE WORKERS.
"At a meeting of the Auxiliary Health Board to-day a committee
was appointed to suggest to Adjutant General Scurry, in
charge of city forces, and the General Relief Committee, the
advisability of having the work done by contract and importing
men to do it. Reports from various wards where men have been
engaged in this work show a decrease in numerical strength, due
to exhaustion and other causes. In some instances men who are
skilled mechanics and have assisted in the disposition of the dead
have obtained employment at their regular trades.
"It was announced this evening that a contract will be let
for the removal of bodies and the huge mass of debris, which, in
some parts of the city, reaches a height of fifteen feet. To do this,
about three thousand men will be brought here from the interior.
They will come with their own cooks and rations and camp on
the beach, and will be paid $2 a day. It is estimated that it will
require from twenty to thirty days to remove the wreckage.
"Under one pile of debris to-day thirty bodies were found
and cremated Bodies are still being washed ashore at Texas
City, Bolivar Point, Pelican Island and other coast points near
Galveston. There is no time to dig graves, and the bodies are
hastily consigned to the flames.
"The city is still under martial law, and guards are patrol-
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Lester, Paul. The great Galveston disaster, containing a full and thrilling account of the most appalling calamity of modern times including vivid descriptions of the hurricane, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/406/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .