The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 75
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CRY OF DISTRESS IN GALVESTON. 75
Council this afterroon $2500 was appropriated for the Galveston
storm sufferers. Private subscriptions have amounted to more than
this amount, and to-day $4771 was sent to Galveston.
Liverpool, Sept. I2.-At a meeting convened by the Lord
Mayor of Liverpool, England, it was decided to open a relief fund
for the sufferers from the Galveston disaster, and 500o was
immediately subscribed, exclusive of over 5o00 raised by the cotton
association. The Chamber of Commerce of Liverpool has passed
a resolution expressing deep sympathy with the people of Galveston.
PROTECTION OF GALVESTON A COSTLY PROBLEM.
To protect the city of Galveston from the ravages of future
cyclones would be almost as costly as to re-establish the city on a
new site. This is the opinion of eminent engineers in Washington.
To insure the maintenance of the channel it has been necessary
to erect jetties, which have cost more than $6,ooo,ooo, but
these jetties do not furnish any obstacle of value to the invasion of
the sea when behind it is a force such as a West Indian cyclone
Because of the effect of storms upon the Gulf coast it has been
customary for engineer officers stationed at Galveston to report
yearly upon the appearance of atmospheric disturbances of more
than usual intensity, and Captain Rich, the engineer officer, who
is believed to have lost his life, stated in his report for I899 that
storms which occurred during April, May and June, I899, "carried
away nearly all that remained of construction trestle and track, and
caused more or less settlement of the jetties."
The need of a safe deep water harbor on the Gulf of Mexico
has long been appreciated, and in I899 Congress passed an act
directing the Secretary of War to appoint a board of three engineer
officers of the army to make a careful and critical examination of
the American coast of the Gulf of Mexico west of 93 degrees and
30 minutes west longitude, and to " report as to the most eligible
point or points for a deep harbor, to be of ample depth, width and
capacity to accommodate the largest ocean going vessels and the
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