The great Galveston disaster, containing a full and thrilling account of the most appalling calamity of modern times including vivid descriptions of the hurricane Page: 482
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482 SNATCHED FROM THE JAWS OF DEATH.
came prepared for the worst, but when he saw what actually had
occurred, he threw up his hands in amazement. No man, in his
opinion, can form an estimate of the loss of life and property
from the reports which have been sent out, and the extent of the
devastation is beyond the grasp of human reason. He has made
a canvass of the city mounted; he has visited every place which
a man could on a horse, and he has made a complete investigation
of the conditions as they exist.
He knew Galveston as she was before being struck by the
storm, and he knows her as she is to-day. In his report to the
Treasury Department, he will say that no man can estimate the
property loss in the city, and that it is his opinion that any one
attempting to make such an estimate will miss it by $ro,ooo,ooo;
the idea of making any estimate of property loss appears to him
MAYOR JONES' STATEMENT AND APPEAL.
Of the loss of life, Colonel Hudnall believes. that it will be
between 6ooo and 8000, and he will so report. He will say that
he does not believe that it is possible for it to be less than 6000
lives, and he would not be surprised should it be 8000. He calls
attention to the fact that in places there are from forty to sixty
solid squares of ground swept clean as a parlor floor, as far as
standing buildings are concerned. Colonel Hudnall does not
believe disease will result if the proper sanitary precautions are
taken, and this is being done as fast as the laborers can distribute
the quicklime and carbolic acid.
As he was leaving he was asked regarding his idea of the
future of Galveston. He said: " If the expression of the people
who live here is to be my guide in forming an opinion I will say
that Galveston will be rebuilt and will be a prosperous city.
There is no doubt that the property owners expect to go to work
repairing the damage as far as they can.
"There has been a great deal said about martial law," continued
the colonel. "The city is yet under the control of the
mayor, and civil law is in force. The soldiers are being used
Here’s what’s next.
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