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: 485
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advising him that strenuous efforts were being made to divert business
from Galveston to other ports on representation that Galveston
would be unable to take care of tile shipmllellts. He was asked to
say whether his line would issue domestic and foreign bills of
lading for export shipments through Galveston. Colonel Polk
replied that the representations were entirely false; that it is
expected to have rail communiication open to Galveston very soon
and to begin the delivery of local and export freight here Friday
morning the 2Ist; that orders have already been issued to superintendents
to let Galveston freight come forward and ;that agents
have been authorized to accept freight for Galveston and sign
domestic and foreign bills of lading as usual.
A PECULIAR CONDITION.
"The wheat in elevator 'A' is being turned over and put in
shape to deliver to vessels. Tllere were about Iooo cars of wheat
on track here and most of these show a peculiar condition on
inspection. It appears that in nearly all of them there is a foot
of wheat on the bottom to which the water rose. It was salt water
and the wheat caked so hard that the 'tryer' used by the inspector
will not penetrate it. The grain above this water line appears
not to have been damaged. The good grain was being transferred
by hand to other cars and that on the bottom will probably go to
distilleries or some other places. A number of grain exporters,
in fact, all who do business through this port, have written letters
of sympathy aud express themselves as having confidence in the
ability of the Galveston people to care for their wheat in the best
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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/m1/543/: accessed August 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .