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WONDERFUL COURAGE OF SURVIVORS. 42.
alence of fair weather were drenched and deluged, and the weary
and heartsick people they sheltered were rendered all the more
It must be understood in this connection that while the work
of repairi g and making proof against the elements the building
of the cit' is a very important feature of the situation, the matter
of cleaning up the debris and disposing of the dead bodies
therein is paramount on account of the danger which might result
to the public health were this work not done as rapidly as
Right here it should be said that, all reports to the contrary
notwithstanding, there is at present practically no likelihood whatever
that anything like an epidemic will result from the presence
of decomposing bodies and the deposits made by the water during
the storm. This is perhaps a broad statement, but it is one which
backed by all of the eminent medical authorities of the city, who
are certainly in a position to know if any one is.
DISINFECTING THE CITY.
Satisfactory progress is being made in the work of removing
the offending matter, and a large amount of disinfectants of various
sorts is being used where it will do the most good. The fear of
an epidemic is one which has probably caused a great deal of
uneasiness among the people who have friends and relatives still
in the city, but from the standpoint of a layman, wheo !b 1^
his opinion largely from investigation and from phy-ircian who
are interested in the work of caring for the health of the city, it
may be stated, without any reservations whatever that the possibility
of the prevalence in the future of any malignant disease is
very remote indeed. Those interested may well set their fears on
this score at rest.
The progress that has been made in securing a correct list of
the dead is something wonderful, considering all the circumstances.
Debris is being removed in all parts of the fown and
many more bodies were burned to-day. There are places here,
however, which the workers have been unable to reach. Unless
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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/m1/481/: accessed May 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .