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ness and for want of fresh water. Survivors threatened witl starvation
and disease. Doctors, nurses and fresh water needed at
"The telegraph offices at Dallas have been besieged all day
with men and women anxious to hear from friends who were in
Galveston when the hurricane came on. Messages of inquiry have
poured in from all parts of the United States. More than Io,ooo
messages were piled up in the Dallas offices to-day from local and
outside parties, and every telegraph operator has been kept busy
as long as he could work. The offices have uniformly had to
inform the customers: ' We can't reach Galveston; can only promise
to forward from Houston by boat as early as possible.' Notwithstanding
discouragements of this kind, the customers have
almost invariably insisted on having their messages sent. Some
of the scenes at the local telegraph offices have been very pathetic.
" A telegram was received from E. H. R. Green, son of Hetty
Green, dated at Rockport, stating that Rockport had not been damaged
by the storm, and that the visitors at the Tarpon Club House,
on St. Joseph's Island, were safe. This news lessens the fear felt
for the safety of the people living along the coast in the vicinity
of Rockport and Corpus Christi.
" Houston and Texas Central Railroad officials at noon received
bulletins from their general offices in Houston that the loss
of life will reach 3000 in Galveston. The Missouri, Kansas and
Texas relief forces near Galveston and along the coast telegraphed
at noon that the loss of life will not be less than 5000 and may
reach io,ooo."
Richard Spillane, a well-known Galveston newspaper man and
day correspondent of the Associated Press in that city, who reached
Houston September ioth, after a terrible experience, gives the
following account of the disaster at Galveston:
" One of the most awful tragedies of modern times has visited
Galveston. The city is in ruins, and the dead will number many
thousands: I am just from the city, having been commissioned by

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