The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 486
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estimate of the loss of life. Tlie clearing of debris in the streets
proper has progressed and the spirit of rellabilitating the city is
seen in every business. The Illilitary forces are accomplishing
wonders, and the prediction is mllade that Galveston will assume
normal conditions in a week. Resulllption of trade in every
channel is apparent. But five arrests and court martial trials is
the record for the past week (the second after the flood) since General
Scurry assumed control of the city.
" Insurance Inspector J. G. Xouens hlas begun to go over the
town to make a detailed report of tlle houses destroyed. Up to
date he has covered the district bounded on the north by East
Broadway, on the east and south by the Gulf, and on the west by
Fourteenth street. In these forty-five blocks he found destroyed
an average of sixteen houses to the block. The fire insurance
companies are arranging to refund a pro rata on policies on houses
and furniture where the same have been entirely destroyed by the
hurricane, and the holders thereof want them cancelled."
DR. YOUNG'S GRAPHIC STORY.
The following very interesting account of the beginning of
the great Galveston storm and graphic story of his experience was
prepared by Dr. S. O. Young:
" Tuesday morning, September 4, I was standing near the signal
service officer who makes the weather bureau map each day for
the Cotton Exchange. This is simply a large blackboard on which
is painted a map of the United States. Wherever the bureau has
a signal station the readings of the barometer, thermometer, direction
and force of the wind and rainfall are recorded on this map,
different colors of chalk being used to indicate each.
"When the observation at Key West was recorded I saw that
the barometer was low, that the wind was front the northeast, and
the map as a whole showed pretty plainly cyclonic disturbances to
the south or southeast of Key West. There was a region of high
barometer over Pennsylvania and New York, shading gradually
down to Key West and presullably far to the south of that point,
while there was another regioll of Iigl baLromlleter over Colorado,
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