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43'; WONDERFUL COURAGE OF SURVIVORS.
fest on every hand. Public spirited citizens volunteered their
services and men who held back were promptly impressed into
public service for their own as well as the good of every person
living in Galveston.
Organization of this vast army of workers was perfected,
departments were instituted to conduct the different classes of labor,
and under strict military discipline order was restored. The
clearing of the streets, burial of the dead, caring forthe living and
providing for the restoration of the city was commenced in earnest
under military supervision and urged to most flattering success.
There are few who regret the institution of martial law, but
there are-many who would deplore the removal of the military
General Scurry, who has won the commendation and heartfelt
thanks of this community, is a man of few words. He says
he tried to do his duty and he is glad that the people of Galveston
appreciate the fact. He says he -was never treated more kindly
and he feels that the citizens were alive to the fact that what he
did was for their own good and the good of Galveston.
PLACE AND ORDER OUT OF CHAOS.
Mayor Jones stated to a " News " reporter yesterday that the
people of Galveston are obligated to General Scurry for the way
he has conducted the affairs of the city in this hour of peril. He
has brought peace and order out of chaos and with a remarkable
display of executive ability he has brought sunshine from darkness
and gloom. Without the slightest friction, without disturbance
of any consequence, and without aid or advice from anyone,
he has wrought wonders and restored the city to normal conditions.
As the work of removing the debris progresses more dead are
found buried beneath the ruins. There are no official records at
hand of the bodies found, and it is probable that the record will
never be completed. It is known that there are many bodies found
and disposed of by volunteer parties who failed to make a detailed
report of the.work. It is also known that there were many dead
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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/m1/494/: accessed June 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .