The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 444
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444 GALVESTON STORM STORILS.
" We have thousands of homeless people in the city, and
while free transportation is offered to those who wish to go, there
are many who have no friends to go to. These people must be
cared for. Some are now crowded in the homes of friends, and
others are located in the large buildings in the business district.
All are only temporarily provided for. Something must be done to
house them, at least temporarily, when cold weather approaches.
It would be well to issue permits for temporary buildings to be
erected from the debris of wrecked homes, without regard to the
fire rules of the city as they now stand, but with the distinct proviso
that they should be removed after a certain date. I am no
advocate of ramshackle shanties as permanent buildings in the
city, in any part of it, but I appreciate the fact that we are facing
an emergency that requires prompt action to prevent severe suffering
in the near future.
A CHARITABLE PEOPLE.
"Galveston's people have not in the past turned their faces
against the suffering poor, and I do not think they will do so in
the future. While strong, substantial buildings should be required
in permanent structures, there is no reason why the wreckage
should not be used in erecting temporary shelter for the homeless.
Lumber promises to be a scarce article when once the
resumption of building is begun, and every board, rafter and
scantling on the pile of wreckage should be saved.
" There is valuable wreckage strewn through the rafts. There
are desks and trunks that may contain papers of value to the
owners but valueless to others. These should be placed aside and
saved for identification by their owners. Articles of personal
apparel may some time be of use in settling the estates of the
dead. Wills may be found stowed away in frail desks that by
some chance may have escaped total wreckage in the storm.
Jewelry and personal ornaments are not unlikely to be found in
places where least expected. People fleeing from wrecked houses
do not stop to search in trunks for jewel boxes. Many of them
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