The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 50
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50 INCIDENTS OF TIHE AWFUL HURRICANE.
every assistance possible with State militia to keep vandalism
down. There is only one road operating to the coast from Houston,
and that will be placed under military supervision temporarily.
"Governor Savres was il receipt of a telegram from Aiss
Barton, of the Red Cross Society, offering the assistance of tlat
association if necessary, and lie replied tllat he would call on the
society if he found that its help was needed.
" A large number of State militia tents were shipped from
Austin to Galveston for temporary use on the island.
MONEY BEGINNING TO POUR IN.
"Governor Savres received upward of 1ooo telegrams during
the day from parties ill the IEast and W\est offering assistance to
the flood sufferers at (alveston, and from various portions of the
State reporting the collection of llonley and supplies. During
the day Govelrnor Savres estimated tllat thle receipts in money
from collections il Texas would amount to $15,000, though from
reports a great deal of money hias been sent direct to Galveston
instead of coming through the Governlor, and the amount may be
much larger than tliat stated.
"(Quite a number of lEatsternll newspapers are wiring the
Governor offering to establish themselves as bureaus for relief
funds if desired alnd asking what they canl do to relieve tile situation.
A telegrall from New\ York informed the Governor that
two relief trains of supplies lhad left New York for Galveston.
The Cincinnati Chlamber of Collmmerce wires that it will send any
relief desired that it can give. Chicago, Philadelphia, St. Louis
and several other points did likewise."
Acting Secretary Aleiklejohn of the War Department at
Washington authorized the chartering of a special train from St.
Louis to carry quartermaster's and commissary supplies to the
relief of the destitute at Galveston.
The following telegram was received
"Galveston, Texas, Sept. 9, Igoo.-Quartermaster General,
Washington.---I report terrific cyclone with an eleven foot tide.
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