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: 350
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350 GOVERNOR REPORTS T\'WEIVETI THIOIUSAND DEAD.
Houston, Tex., Sept. 20.-Official reports of conditions of
interior towns have begun to come in from agents sent out by
Governor Sayres. Following are summaries of reports so far
received showing the conditions of half a dozen towns on the Santa
Fe. There are probably fifty small towns, which are in just as
bad shape and from which reports have not been received, but
which are being supplied with provisions, clothing, and drugs from
Houston by the committees:
Pearland-Fifty families depending on Relief Committee;
some supplies received but assistance in other ways than provisions
needed. Families at Erin and Superior are to be supplied
Algoa-Twenty-five families to be supplied ; enough provisions
for the present.
DESTRUCTION IN OUTLYING DISTRICTS.
Alvin-In the town of Alvin and vicinity there are probably
six houses on blocks out of a total of I,ooO. The population of
Alvin now to be fed is about 1,500 ; Manvel, 250 ; Liverpool and
Amsterdam, 250 ; Chocolate aiid Austin Bayous, Chigger neighborhood,
Dickinson Bayou, east and outside, or the surrounding
country, 2,500, making a total of 5,000 persons under the supervision
of the Alvin committee. The committee admits having a
sufficient amount of clothing. They have received a cash subscription
of about $2,000 and have spent $400. Have received two
cars of flour from Dallas, one car of meal from Dallas, one car of
mixed goods from Tyler. Along the bay shore, from Virginia
Point to Liverpool, for a space of six or eight miles from the bay
front, there are many thousands of dead cattle that should be
immediately cremated or properly looked after.
Arcadia-In the town there are 300 destitute, and those in
the immediate vicinity will make the aggregate 500. Provisions
already supplied sufficient for immediate needs only.
Hitchcock-In this town and immediate vicinity are more
than 500 destitute. Of about 300 houses, only about ten are
standing. A wave of salt water, from four to ten feet in depth,
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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/m1/408/: accessed April 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .