The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 70
70 CRY OF DISTRESS IN GALVESTON.
ADJUTANT GENERAL SCURRY'S ESTIMATE.
The following report was also received from Adjutant General
" Governor Sayres, Austin.-Mayor of Houston ordered Houston
military companies here, sixty-five men and officers came.
Thirty more come to-morrow. Mayor of Galveston directed me to
take command. Streets patrolled for purpose of preventing thieving.
Work of clearing the city progressing fairly well.
"THOMAS SCURRY, Adjutant General."
LOSS OF LIFE AND DAMAGE AT OTHER POINTS.
Governor Sayres began receiving reports from various points
along the Gulf coast, which would indicate that there has been
great property damage done for several hundred miles, and that
the list of Galveston fatalities aud suffering will be largely augmented.
Down the coast from Galveston, the town of Dickinson
was laid waste and five people killed. The towns of Alvin, Alta
Loma, Texas City and Brookshire, are wrecked and hundreds are
destitute. Richmond is so badly demolished that it will require
weeks to clear the town.
Missouri City and Stafford, just opposite, were entirely demolished,
and the few remaining people at these places have no homes
to cover their heads. Bay City, in Matagorda county, is reported
wrecked, with much loss of life, though no official report has been
made to that effect. Patton, Rollover, Bolivar Point, Quintana,
Sugarland, Belleville, Wharton, Fair View, Missouri City, Sartartia,
Arcola and El Campo are all reported heavy sufferers both in
point of property destroyed and lives lost. Owing to the fact that
the telegraph service is still badly crippled, Governor Sayres cannot
ascertain the exact number of dead at the points named, but it is
approximated at 500.
BOATS FOR TRANSPORTATION.
The Governor was informed that quite a number of tugs from
New Orleans and other available points had either arrived or were
on the way to Galveston, and the transportation problem would
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