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GOVERNOR REiPRTS TWELVE THOUSAND DEAD. 346
ling the streets day and night. An example was made of a man
arrested for selling liquor. The offender was marched to general
headquarters, and, after a severe reprimand, was put to work on
the street gang, removing and disposing of bodies. He will serve
without pay for an indefinite period.
"All hospital relief stations and all points in the city arr,
thoroughly disinfected. Dr. Peckham, of the United States
Marine Corps, has established a camp for the injured and ill at
Tremont and Beach avenues. Directly opposite is a camp for
refugees. Camps will be established on the beach at the foot of
"Reports from Sealy Hospital, St. Mary's Infirmary and
other temporary hospitals are that sanitary rules are strictly followed,
and the buildings are in fairly good shape. A great many
patients from Sealy and St. Mary's have been sent to Houston:
SERIOUS CASES OF INJURY.
"In the vicinity of the hospitals there isa mass of debris
containing many bodies, and the Health Boat has sent an urgent
appeal to headquarters to have this debris cleared.
"Emergency hospitals report wounds dressed on an average
of I50 to 200 a day. Many report serious cases.
"A census has been taken of St. Mary's Catholic parish,
embracing the territory from Sixteenth to Twenty-seventh strh t
It shows a loss of 267 from this parish alone. A census of the
city is now being taken, which will embrace a list of the sur-vivors,
the dead and the amount of personal and property losses.
" Death from a broken heart was the doctor's verdict when
Miss Clara Olson died at an early hour this morning. When the
storm was at its height the little house Miss Olson occupied with'
her aged mother collapsed. Mother and daughter found refuge
on a floating housetop for several hours. A floating timber drives
with terrible force crushed Mrs. Olsqn's skull. The girl drifted
to-the Ursuline convent, where she was cared for by the Si-ter
She grieved constantly for her mother, and at last died ofata tnkea
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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/m1/407/: accessed August 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .