The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 30
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0o A NIGHT OF IHORRORS.
" None of these reports place the number of dead at Galveston
at less than 2000; some of them predict that 5000 will be nearer
the mark. No one places the property loss at Galveston at less
$1o,ooo,ooo, while Manager Vaughn, of the Western Union office
at Houston, wires Manager Baker at Dallas: 'Galveston as a
business place is practically destroyed.' When the waters shall
have receded it is feared Manager Vaughn will be found to be a
wise prophet. Along the coast for 100 miles either way from
Galveston is a district that is nearly as completely isolated as is
Galveston itself. In this territory are not less than Ioo cities,
villages and hamlets. Each of these as far as heard from reports
from two to twenty dead persons.
OVER SEVEN HUNDRED CORPSES FOUND.
"In a radius of approximately twenty miles from Virginia
Point. the ePntte of railroad relicf operations, un to late this afternoon
more than 700 corpses had been washed ashore or picked up
from the main land. Hitchcock, Clear Creek, Texas City, V.irginia
Point, Seabrook, Alvin, Dickinson and half a dozeh other poi-ts
midway between Houston and Galveston compose one vast morgue.
" Down along the coast toward Corpus Christi and Rockport
all is silence. Not a word had come from there up to this evening.
The first news from that section is likely to come from San
Antonio, as that is the most directly connected point with that
section of the Gulf. An awful calamity, it is feared, will be
chronicled when the report does come.
"Telegraphic communication was opened late this afternoon
with Beaumont and Orange on the other extreme end of the Gulf
to the eastward of Galveston. The joyful news was contained that
those two towns and Port Arthur were safe, but in the territory
adjacent, forty miles wide and 100 miles long, many lives are
believed to have been lost and immense property damage sustained.
"Conservative estimates of the property losses, including
commercial and other material interests at Galveston and Houston,
put the total at from $40,000,000 to $50,000,000 for the State.
This includes the damage to cotton, which is placed at 250,000
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Lester, Paul. The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/41/?rotate=270: accessed January 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .