The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 49
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INCIDENTS OF THE AWFUL IHURRICANE. 49
This was a graceful act of sympathy from the gallant yachtsman
who made the spirited attempt to capture the cup from the
New York Yacht Club, and although failing, became a universal
favorite in this country.
Official reports from Galveston to Governor Sayres at Austin,
on the IIth, were that 400 bodies had been identified, 200 more
were in an improvised morgue awaiting identification, and many
more were thought to have drifted out to sea, and their identity
will never be known.
CONDITIONS THAT BEGGAR DESCRIPTION.
A telegram from Adjutant General Scurry, who was at Galveston,
to the Governor, was as follows:
" Have just returned from Texas City with several Galveston
parties, who assure me that conditions there beggar description.
Accounts have not been exaggerated. While a portion of the
provisions has been destroyed by water sufficient on hand to
relieve immediate necessities. The citizens seem to have the
situation well in hand. United States troops and Company C.,
volunteer guard,-,.with citizens, patrol the streets to prevent
" I requested W. B. Wortham to go to Galveston from Texas
City for the purpose of advising me of the city's most urgent
needs, and I returned here to report and ask for further instructions.
I respectfully suggest that the distress is too great for
the people of Galveston, even with the assistance of Houston, to
stand, and that a general appeal for help would be welcomed.
The estimate of io,ooo destitute does not seem to be excessive.
(( From reports reaching the Governor this morning it will be
necessary to co-operate with the Federal troops to place all the
mainland opposite Galveston, as well as the island, under martial
Thieves have begun to enter the city for the purpose of
pilfering the bodies of the dead. The Governor has been informed
that the commander of the Texas troops has been ordered to Galveston
by the Federal authorities, and the Governor will lend him
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Lester, Paul. The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/60/?rotate=270: accessed December 12, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .