The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 435
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WONDERFUL COURAGE OF SURVIVORS. 435
stood that the lawless element will be shown no quarter. Mayor
Jones has instructed General Scurry that he wants law and order
maintained at anly cost and that the military command shall be
backed i' their work.
From to-day noon it will not be necessary forpersons desiring
to leave the city to secure passes, nor will it be necessary for persons
desiring to come to Galveston to secure passports. However, all
gateways will be guarded and suspicious characters will be subject
to scrutiny and examination before being allowed to enter the
The sporting element, including gamblers and others of the
sporting fraternity, will not be allowed to come to Galveston, and
if found here their immediate deportation will follow their conviction.
Drunkenness will not be tolerated and all arrests upon this
charge will be prosecuted to the severest extent of the law. On
this score Mayor Jones and General Scurry are most emphatic
and. they seek to impress the people most firmly in this regard.
SALOONS CANNOT OPEN.
A' I want it distinctly understood that the suspension of martial
law does not mean that the saloons may open up," said Mayor
Jones yesterday. " I desire 'The News' to announce that the
saloons must remain closed until further orders and that no back
or side door business will be permitted. The saloons were not
closed under martial law, but were closed by my order before
martial ' r wae proclaimed. The proclamation closing them,
theref holds good and will not be revoked until I am satisfied
tha' tan be done with safety. Although martial law will be
r ad to-morrow, General Scurry is going to remain with me and
-sslst me as he has so admirably done during the past ten days."
The citizens of Galveston were not in a position to look after
the affairs of the city government under the circumstances. It was a
public calamity that befell the city and every citizen had his burden
of sorrow to bear. There is no gainsaying the fact that the establishment
of martial law was the best course to be pursued under
existing circumstances and the beneficial results are plainly mani-
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