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: 427
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WONDERFUL COURAGE OF SURVIVORS. 427
at convenient intervals' between the two piles of debris. The
second pile will be fired separately.
Military law has had a wonderful effect in placing the operations
of all classes of work under one head, and the work of this
general headquarters has won the highest commendation from
the good citizens. Every ward has its supervisor, who reports
daily all work done in his respective ward, files complaints,
makes suggestions, and, in fact, keeps the general headquarters
informed on all matters pertaining to the management of his
The ward supervisor has in charge a number of foremen,
who in turn are in charge of gangs of workmen numbering from
ten to twenty men. General Scurry holds the ward chairmen
responsible for their districts, and the chairmen hold their foremen
accountable for the actions of their gangs of laborers.
Every department and branch of public service is under control
of Brigadier General Scurry, who is ably assisted by Adjutant
General McCaleb, Assistant Adjutant Reid and a score or more
of efficient clerks and stenographers. At headquarters is a busy
place. There all complaints, all reports, all requisitions and all
operations of the military force of over 200 soldiers are filed and
made note of.
FLOOD OF TELEGRAMS.
Every class of work has its corps of officers and clerks and
every communication or recordis carefully filed in the proper place.
Hundreds of telegraph messages are received and answered every
day. Orders are promit. ted and duplicate copies distributed
around the city and a ,. usand and one matters must be
attended to and all of them 'tlire prompt action and attention.
General McCaleb, who isi
touch with the pulse of the community
by reason of his office and who is familiar with the detailed\
operations of the military department, stated that Galveston was
recovering amazingly from the calamity, and that it could be stated
as a fact that in three or four days the city will ha!e resumed
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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/m1/485/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .