The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 46
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46 INCIDENTS OF THE AWFUL HIURRICANE.
fast at the $4 per day hotel Tremont was served to a fortunate
few to-day, and consisted of a small piece of bacon and a single cup
of coffee. The hotel was untenable yesterday, and guests were
refused. It is jammed to-day with local citizens who have been
G. W. Ware, teacher of penmanship in a Dallas educational
institution, was in Galveston during the hurricane, He reached
Dallas on Tuesday, the IIth, and made the following statement:
WORK OF HEARTLESS CRIMINALS.
"It was a godsend, the placing of the city under martial law.
The criminal element began looting the dead, and the cold blooded
commercial element began looting the living. The criminals
were stealing anything they could with safety lay hands on, and
the mercenary commercial pirates began a harvest of extortion.
The price of bacon was pushed up to 50 cents a pound, bread 60
cents a loaf, and owners of small schooners and other sailing craft
formed a trust, and charged $8 a passenger for transportation
across the bay from the island to the mainland.
" Mayor Jones and other men of conscience were shocked at
these proceedings, and the Mayor decided that the only protection
for the citizens would be to declare martial law, confiscate all foodstuffs
and other necessities for the common good, and thus stop
the lootings and holdups.
" The price of bread was reduced to 10 cents a loaf, bacon was
placed at I5 cents a pound, and the price of a voyage across the
bay was set at $1.50 a passenger. A book account is being kept.
of all sales of foodstuffs, and other transactions and settlements
will be made at the scheduled rates."
Mr. Quinlan, General Manager of the Houston and Texas
Central Railroad, said:
" It is in such cases as this Galveston disaster that the barbarity
in some men is seen. I have seen enough in the last two
days to convince me that a large element of civilized mankind are[
veneered savages. My policy would be to take nobody into Galveston
except such persons as are absolutely needed to administer
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