The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 466
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RELIEF TRAINS AND HOSPITALS.
badly, but it was evidence that there was communication with the
outside world, and revived the spirits of many who had become
Under the rules and regulations prescribed by the military
laws governing the city, the work of clearing the streets, disposing
of the dead and cleaning the city in general have progressed
very favorably. The plans mapped out by the military department
brought the operations down to a system. Where there is
order and system much can be accomplished, and this was most
clearly demonstrated by the reports of one day's labors in this field.
Nearly three thousand men were organized in gangs and squads
of from ten to twenty-five, working under the direction of foremen,
supervised by ward superintendents, started out early in the morning
and worked faithfully until dark. The detailed results of
their labors were not to be had, but enough was shown by the
reports to demonstrate the value of organization.
THE ARMY OF WORKERS.
All foremen were ordered to report daily at military headquarters,
where a large force of clerks were kept busy chronicling
the amount of debris removed, the number of dead bodies disposed
of, etc. Another force under command of Adjutant-General
McCaleb was kept busy printing orders issued for the guidance
of the work, laws governing the protection of property and the
lives of citizens, etc.
The militia was placed on guard duty in all parts of the city
and the city police and sheriff's department are co-operating with
the military authorities, which is supreme in control of the city.
While the power is invested in the military authorities, Brigadier-General
Scurry, commanding, Adjutant-General Hunt McCaleb
directs that men may be impressed into service in cleaning
the streets and performing other labors incumbent upon the
department, it is gratifying to know that very few men had to be
impressed into service. Some few held back under one pretense
and another, but 'when given to understand that they would be
compelled to work they invariably joined the army of laborers.
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