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GOVERNOR REPORTS TWELVE THOUSAND DEAD. 351
covered this section; thirty-eight lives were lost, and, for the
time being, it is feared that the soil has been seriously damaged
by the effect of salt water. Supplies of provisions were sent
yesterday. There are probably Io,ooo dead cattle within a space
of a few miles south and surrounding the town, and every house
,-::ou ld be supplied for at least tel days with disinfectants.
i:\-er is now settling in there, and Dr. J. T. Scott, of Houston,
went there yesterday. An idea of the velocity of the wind and
wave of salt water that swept over this immediate section may be
imagined when it is known that the Texas City dredge boat is
now lying high and dry in a garden at this place, a distance of
eight miles or more from its moorings.
HOUSES AND OTHER PROPERTY GONE.
Alta Loma-This committee reports about seventy-five families,
or 300 persons, to be cared for. Have received 530 rations.
People have no money and their property destroyed. In the
neighborhood of Ioo houses existed; forty destroyed and about
twenty untenantable. There are about four houses now on
blocks. Two lives were lost. The population is mainly of
northern people. A shipment was made them of provisions and
medicines, but other things are needed at once.
Col. B. H. Belo, publisher of the "Galveston News," said
that Galveston would be rebuilt at once.
"The storm and flood taught us several lessons," said Col.
Belo, in an interview. "The loss of life would have been comparatively
light if the buildings had been of a more solid character.
The Ursuline convent, for instance, was surrounded by a
brick wall, and there was no loss of life there, although it stood
right in the path of the flood and storm. There were no lives
lost in the 'News' office, and we would not have been badly
flooded had it not been for a building falling and battering in a
part of our wall.
"I believe that all buildings will be of a more solid and
enduring character than formerly. I think, too, that the streets
along the water front will be built higher than they were. The
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