The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 443
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GALVESTON STORM STORIES.
"In this storm the usual conditions have been reversed.
Whereas, in wrecks by wind, water or rail, first reports greatly
magnify the loss of life, while in the present case it seems that
the estimate of lives lost is increasing rather than diminishing as
each day passes
While the total will never be known, it will be
far above the early estimates.
" The relief system is fairly in operation, and it is now claimed
that no one need go hungry except able-bodied men who refuse to,
labor. But it should be understood that those desiring relief
should go to the different ward headquarters, or send some one.
The committees and heads of departments have no facilities for
forwarding goods to the destitute in the various portions of the
city. Their time is taken up with procuring and distributing
supplies from the various headquarters.
REASONS FOR BURNING RUINS.
"Suggestions have been made to burn the pile of lumber
of all kinds in the rafts, but this seems both impracticable and
unadvisable. If it can be preserved, every stick and board will be
of use hereafter. ThL only reasons for burning the rafts given
are that it will cremate the bodies of the dead known to be in some
and supposed to be in almost all of them. Sickness resulting from
the decaying bodies is predicted if this is not done. But if it is
attempted more loss of life is likely to occur from it than will
result from sickness arising from putrid bodies.
" Once let the fire demon get hold of the immense masses of
lumber and the remaining portion of the city may be wiped out.
No one who has seen a conflagration in a city can doubt that all
the fire apparatus in Texas would be ineffectual to stop the
march of the flames to the bay in case of a strong south
wind. Many houses, partially wrecked, are in the piles, and
many household goods belonging to people who have lost all
may be recovered. Disinfect the rafts as far as possible, and
remove the lumber. Preserve it as far as can be done conveniently.
It will be needed for building temporary homes for the
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