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434 WONDERFUL COURAGE OF SIURVIVORS.
earliest moment consistent with the peace and safety of the city,
as will be seen by the following:
"Headquarters Office, Galveston, Texas, September 20.Hon.
Walter C. Jones, Mayor of Galveston, Texas-Sir : " I have
the honor to report that, in my opinion, the conditions upon which
you based your proclamation declaring martial law in Galveston,
have rapidly changed. Order has been restored, the energies of
the city have been directed into the proper channels, and the
moment is opportune for a return to civil processes.
" I would respectfully ask that you prepare to resume the
functions of civil government within twenty-four hours.
" Such troops of the Texas volunteer guard as may be necessary
will be retained here while needed to aid the civil authorities
in maintaining order. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
"THOMAS S. SCURRY,
' Brig. Gen. Commanding City Forces."
CITY GOVERNMENT THE SAME.
As far as the general public is concerned, there is to be no
radical change in the general government of the city. The
change means a shifting of the powers that govern from the military
to the civil process, but the good work inaugurated and
expedited under the able and efficient direction of General Scurry
will be continued and hastened to an early completion. General
Scurry and his military command will remain in the city, and
will be continued in service for police and guard duty as heretofore,
except that they will act under the direction of the civil
The resumption of civil control of the affairs of the city will
remove the bars to traffic into and out of the city so far as good
citizens are concerned, but certain restrictions will be maintained
to keep out persons not wanted in this community. With the
military force and the increased police department and sheriffs
department there will be enpugh men to guard all the gateways to
the city and patrol the streets of the city.
Mayor Jones and General Scurry desire it to be clearly under-
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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/m1/492/: accessed April 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .