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simply to enforce the civil law and to maintain a discipline which
is necessary under the disturbed conditions. , The soldiers do not
work a hardship on any one."
A statement and an appeal addressed to the American people,
signed by Mayor Jones and members, of the Relief Committee,
and endorsed by Governor Sayres, was issued September 25th. It
set forth in detail the extent of the disaster which overtook the
city, in part as follows:
"Seventeen days after the storm at Galveston it is still
impossible to accurately estimate the loss of life and property. It
is known that the dead in the city will number at least one sixth
of the census population. The island and adjacent mainland will
add perhaps 2000 to this number. Actual property damage is
incalculable in precise terms, but we have the individual losses,
and losses in public property, such as paving, water works,schools,
hospitals, churches, etc., which will easily amount to $30,000,000.
This estimate takes no account of the direct and indirect injury to
business. Along the beach front upwards of 2600 houses, by actual
map count, were totally destroyed. Moreover, we estimatethat 973
per cent. of the remaining houses throughout the city were damaged
in greater or less degree. In fact none entirely escaped."
CbNFRONTED BY A GREATER PROBLEM.
Grateful thanks are extended for the help received, and the
address continues: " But a greater and a graver work confronts
us. Some kinds of homes, be they ever so humble, must be
provided for the Io,ooo people now huddled in ruined houses,
public places and improvised camps, to the end that they may not
become paupers, but may speedily set up their households
wherein repose. all that is best and noblest in American life. We
believe that the well to do and the charitable people of this nation
will not be contented to merely appease hunger and bind up
bruises, but will in very large measure and with more far reaching
effect contribute to the restoration of this people to a plane of
self support and self respect. It is for this purpose that we make
this further appeal."
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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/m1/541/: accessed July 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .