1900 Clara Barton President Red Cross returning home from Galveston Hurricane - Tom Malmay

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1900 Clara Barton President Red Cross returning home from Galveston Hurricane - Tom Malmay - PIOAYUNEtNEW OBtiEAN& FRIDAY. NOVEMBER 1C,...
PIOAYUNEtNEW OBtiEAN& FRIDAY. NOVEMBER 1C, manufae-turer, drn-giat. FRAIL AND WORN, -! HOMEWARD BOUND, Miss Clara Barton Passes Through B"ew Orleans Again. Too HI to be Allowed to See JLay TIsIton. Her Last Big Mission of If eroy Accomplished. Interesting Talk With Mrs. Fannie B. Ward on the Situation in Galresten. "Homeward bound," from the terrible scenes of the . Galveston disaster, Miss Clara Barton, president of the National Bed Cross, passed through New Orleans yesterday, en route to Washing-ton. Without doubt this Is the last home journey that Miss Barton "will ever take ere the final home-going which Indeed seems hovering near the beloved leader of one of the greatest philanthropic and charitable movements that the cry of affile ted humanity ever called into existence. V When Miss Barton passed through New Orleans a little less than two months ago on her way to relieve the terrible sufferings of the people of Oalveston a representative of the Picayune waa accorded an interview with her as she lay so white and ill In her room at the St. Charles HoteL It was remarked then that the great leader looked so weak, so fragile, that It seemed little short of a miracle that she would be able to reach Galveston, much less take up the heavy burden of work which she had mapped out for herself. But such was her indomitable will and energy that she continued her Journey, rose from her bed of suffering and remained at her post for two months, subjecting herself to such an amount of labor that those who worked with her wondered that one frail, delicate woman could accomplish so. much. Though the body was weak the brain was strong, earnest and energetic as ever. She woTked hard and well; once the rumor came that Mlsg Barton was very 111 and would perhaps never leave her room again; a few hours after came the telegram that she was better and at her nccumstomed post, all of which showed her wonderful vitality and marvelous energy.. But now, at the advanced age of 78, Miss Barton has been attacked with the grip. Shewas far from well yesterday, and kept 'her stateroom In the special car which was sidetracked in the Louisville and Nashville yard on Julia street, for five or six hours, awaiting the hour for departure for Washington. She lay on her couch, far more delicate looking and pale than when she passed through New Orleans two months ago. At her side were her faithful attendants friends, every one of them, and two related by the .ties of blood. Dr. W. A. Dilllnger, physician of the port of Galveston, accompanies-' Miss Barton, and is giving her the most constant attention during the Journey. With a simple pressure of he hand and a hushed, nay, a feeble "God bless you," from the worn sufferer, the Picayune's representative forebore even a word, end Dr. Dilllnger, speaking for Miss Barton, said that Mrs. Fannie B. Ward would give all Information In regard to the work of the Red Cross in connection with the Galveston storm. Dr. Dilllnger said that Miss Barton was suffering lust now from an attack of the grip and nervous prostration, due to overwork. He has been her physician ever since she reached -Galveston. She was a most Indefatigable worker, directing the Immense force of the Bed Cross end distributing supplies and money with unremitting energy. Indeed she has labored too hard, and though they strove to hide their anxiety It was only too apparent among the member of the loving circle that has clustered around her in these weeks of distress and suffering in the storm-stricken cy. Especially devoted to Miss Barton Is Mrs. Fannie B. Ward, a member of the National Bed Cross, and since the Spanish-American war one of its most earnest soldiers. Mrs. Ward was seated In. the private car with a lot of books and magazines around her as the reporter entered, at the request of Dr. Dilllnger. Mrs. Ward is a famous newspaper writer and long aeo was one of the contributors to the Picayune. As the reporter handed her card, Mrs. Ward said: "The Picayune! why, that recalls many pleasant memories. I was once one of the correspondents of this old southern Journal, and I am glad. to say that I am still a member of the southern staff of writers, being a regular syndicate contributor to the Xally States. I remember dear Mrs. Nicholson, who was the pioneer woman newspaper writer of the south. Many and many a letter did we exchange. I think that she was one of the noblest women that God ever made. When I heard of her death, so sad. so pathetic, within ten days of that of Mr. Nicholson, I bowed my head and wept. It seemed so like the gentle, tender 'Pearl Rivers' to lie down and die when he who held her affection had passed beyond her mortal vision." And then Mrs. Ward Inquired so tenderly, so affectionately about Mrs. Nicholson's boys; about old frlenda of the Picayune staff whom she had known, and about the newspaper work in general In New Orleans at this time. Indeed, she was so interested in old memories that it was a little while before she spoke of Galveston and the work of the Bed Cross there and the present conditions In that unfortunate city. "You know.1' ahe said, "that we left Washington Sept. 13 for Galveston. Miss Barton waa in charge of the New York World's relief train; of this she herself told you In the Interview given the Picayune during the few hours In which she stopped at the St. Charles HoteL When we reached Galveston be scene beggared description. Much has been written about the horrors of that storm, but no words can ever adequately describe the terrible scenes' of suffering that daily we were called upon to witness. We at once set to work and have been working ever since. Over 400- car loads of supplies of all kinds were distributed In Galveston. Miss Barton organized local committees of ladies, who set to work under the auspices of the Bed Cross. O Sices were opened for these ' local committees, and through them the Immense stores of the Bed Cross were distributed, the officers themselves forming a central committee. First we established headquarters at Houston for the National Bed. Cross, to receive supplies, and then we established headquarters In Galveston, endeavoring to do all In our power for the rehabilitation of the family life. Miss Barton attended to all the correspondence, dictating to as many as twelve stenographers, and attending to aH the committee work. Her brain wa? ever on the alert: she was ever thinking and planning and writing. iter neart went out to tne nomejess oeo- i le. There is autte a little villa ze of ents sa the Galveston shores, and Miss Rartn-n'a pr.lt iniUt la . in nntTMa "homes for these people.' But her great wora at present is 10 assise ine larmers and the poor people in the outlying villages of the tflalnland.- Last week she purchased $1000 worth of strawberry plants and distributed these among the farmers. She is also sending them seeds and plants for next year's crops. The Idea Is to assist these people to be self-supportlng'once more. : .. 'If the people could be only furnished with temporary homes It- would - be a Godsend. In Texas there is very cold weather during the- winter; indeed, we experienced some of It; just think' of people living in tents In such weather, without bedding or sufficient clothing to keep warm. The great bulk of the clothing sent from the north was for summer wear. This will not "keep these poor, people warm in these coming months or now. There Is a great lack of sufficient bedding and warm clothing conditions are terrible; Indeed, no words can Justly represent them. - These people really ought to have -aome provisions made for them during the cold weather.. There is The lt88tb wfll not dscaj nor the cams become soft if joa use JLOTISEPTIC Fer the TEETH and BREATH. Jjy ms0 25 and 75a Hau. Rucxm ST. T. City. - sSl'OO lx It is IScause AyV Hitf Vigor is hair-food: goes right down to the roots of the hair ; ' feeds tae tiif Butts pst tie ynj they used to Be fed when yon were younger and more vigorous: ; Tilt's way tbe'd&rl, rich , color of I early life always comes vlack to your gray" ttitr. The nitr grows longer, too. ; . , If ytm do not obtain th benefit yes desire xrom nss 01 vne vigor, writs tne Doctor about it. Be win tell youjjurt tho right a woeful lack of stoves. Almost every family is In need of stoves. The money sent In such generous quantities waa put in the hands of a committee, and the Bed Cross had not the dispensing of it. The committee hss done well, but more, oh, so much more is needed. Quite a number of families are living In halls; these especially are In need of wood and coal and stoves. We established an orphanage in Galveston under the auspices of the Bed Cross, where we are caring for the orphans left by the storm." "Orphans?" said the Picayune representative. "Do you mean to say there are any orphans in Galveston? Why, the Woman's Belief Association of New Orleans, working- under the auspices of the Board of Trade, had any number of offers from the very best people to adopt these little orphans of the storm if they could be found. The Board of Trade sent Mr. Fred C amors to Galveston and Houston to find orphans, but not an orphan could he find. The sad report came back that wherever the mother had fierished the child had gone down with t. There were no orphans in Galveston." "That U auite true," said Mrs. Ward. "One should use the word 'orphanage' advisedly. Wehave about thirty children in this home, but most of them have their parents; we are only taking care of them till their parents wfll be able to re-establish their homes and claim their children. After the storm the Dallas Home opened Its doors to the Galveston orphans. In one Institution only two were saved; ninety-eight perished. But whether orphans or not, these children must be cared for, and the Bed Cross Is doing that. We left Mr. Fred L. Ward, of New York, and Major McDowell, of Washington, D. C, in charge of the office in Houston, and Mr. Herbert Lewis, of Washington, and Miss Spradlln, of Topeka, to manage the Bed Cross Orphanage In Galveston. We are closing out the orphanage In Galveston. Lumber and building materials are very scarce, and blanketa are scarcer. The Bed Cross purchased a large number of blankets out of it funds, and these have been distributed. Money is badly needed in Galveston. The people need It to help rebuild their ruined homes and furnish them. "Some two weeks ago tne Bed Cross moved rts headquarters to Houston, so that thence the people of the mainland might be more easily supplied. Conditions are very bad here. But the relief committees are doing heroic work." Mrs. Ward said that the party consisted of Miss Barton, Mr. Stephen Barton and his wife. Miss Wray, of New York; Miss Coombs, who is Miss Barton's stenographer and a most excellent worker; Mr. B. B. Marsh, of Massachusetts, and Dr. Dilllnger, of Galveston. Dr. Dilllnger has been attending Miss Barton aince her arrival in Galveston, and Miss Barton made him a Bed Cross physician. 1 Mrs. Ward told some very touching Incidents of the storm. She waa much impressed at the fate ofthe many fashionable boarders who had apartments in the Lucas flats at the extreme end of the beach on Tremont street. It is believed that fifty bodies are still under the wreck of this building. Mrs. Ward Is one of the best known newspaper writers in America. She has traveled much, and her gifted pen has found Its way to many magazines and periodicals and newspapers. She Is a fine descriptive writer. She was a Miss Fannie Brigham, and married Mr. Ward early In life. Three children blessed their union, but at the age of 23 years she was left s widow. She had to face the world with her little ones, and bethought herself of how to make a living. She took up writing . and traveling, and her articles found a ready sale tn the best magazines. She went to Cuba at the breaking out of the Spanish-American war for the purpose of writing up the country. She carried with her a letter of introduction to Miss Barton, who was already with the Bed Cross soldiers In Cuba. Before she left Cuba she joined Miss Barton's party, and remained there till the entire Bed Cross left when General Lee took hla departure from Havana. She went back to Santiago, and nursed there with iMiss Wheeler. She returned a third time to Cuba, and remained on the Island till the blockade was raiaed. She had the Santiago fever, but after recovering went all over the island as an American correspondent. She writes for two large syndicates, and la also a correspondent from Washington, When . writing from Washington she signs her grandmother's name, otherwise she signs her own well-known name, "Fannie B. Ward." She looks with deepest reverence on Miss Barton; she says that never did woman possess a more active brain teeming with all manner of good and beautiful thoughts for stricken humanity which ahe frames Into actions. She did not regard Miss Barton's present condition as serious, snd hoped that her splendid vitality would again easert Itself as so often within the past months of trial. Mr. 8tephen Barton, brother of Ml&a Clara Barton, la vice president of the Bed Cross Society. Mr. Barton spoke of the work in Galveston that had already been accomplished. At present nothing is being done, but arrangements are being made for the twenty -five or thirty children In the orphanage with s view to closing It up. Homes are being found for such as have no homes. He said that it was impossible to state the amount of funds- that the Bed Cross had handled. It had come from three great sources Washington, New York and Galveston. An annus! report will be presented next January. Tne people of Galveston are not suffering for want of food, but for want of shelter. Large numbers are still living in tents. Furniture and kitchen utensils are at a premium. The people need money badly to help them rebuild their homes; many families have neither plates, knives or forks, and as for kitchen utensils that seems out of the question. He estimates that fully 1000 people are still living under canvas- Thia is terrible . In view of the cold weather no w upon. Galveston. Mr. Barton does not think that his sister's condition la serious. She la greatly overworked, having attended to an immense amount of work, and kept twelve stenographers constantly busy. - She is in a very nervous condition, and absolute quiet Is demanded. She passed a good night Wednesday, and rested comfortably yesterday. The train was four hours late. After reaching Canal street it was sidetracked In "the Julia street yard. The doctor thinks that Miss Barton will Improve- steadily, but he orders that she shall svoid all exertion or excitement for some time to come. -Mr. Barton says that the party Is going direct to Washington, but expects to be detained a day in Atlanta. Dr. Dilllnger is the physician of the port In Galveston. He has been made a physician of the Bed Cross, ; and Is much Interested In ' the work. He : Is simply accompanying - Miss Barron to her home. It - being deemed necessary In her frail condition for a physician to be-in attendance during the fatigues of travel. Dr. Dilllnger waa in the midst of the storm on 'that awful night when Its wrath overtook Galvestui - He was tn constant attendance for the next day and many thereafter on the maimed and crippled. He haa great hopes for t Galveston, and thinks, that when the legislature meets it will do something for that - unfortunate city. - He says - that traffic has been resumed in Galveston, the wharves have been rebuilt and the railroads have repaired their bridges, and the teople are setting to work with A nere is u.v rauu vestonu The, people are going to stand by it He esdmates that at Teast 10,000 were killed by the storm. - The members of the party enjoyed a ? feasant - drive through the clty Dur-ng the day General J. B. Vlnet. president of the Louisiana Bed Cross Society, cled upon Miss Barton. She was very, very - weak and spoke feebly. But she was glad to see her old friend again. In all probability It will be the last time that they will meet. i0T never again will Clara Barton set foot In New Orleans. Thl. la wlfhnnt rtnnht har last trlt her last mission of mercy. ' The train left at 7:43 last night bearing the gentle and noble-hearted Clara Barton to her home, which none who saw her yesterday think that she will ever leave aga'a. Her passing will ; remove one t ths noblest . women whose .-names nsvo adorned American history. - A v THE NEED FOB FEBTILIZEBS. ' General J. B. Vlnet Is in receipt of the following letter, sent before Miss Barton's party left Galveston: GALVESTON; Tex.; Not.-12, 1900. j ' General J. B. Vinet President Bed Cross. New Orleans,' Latt- My Dar General 1 have Just wired you. s king q notation ou 600 to 1000 sacks of New Orleans super-phosphates, to be shipped to Houston and points In that vicinity. Upon Investigation on the mainland we foand that the iurrfcane of Sept. 8 naa entirely ruined the strawberry Industry by tearing and wetting the "plants to such s degree that they have parly aU died aince. New plants set out Immediately will yield a crop In a very few months, snd thus give the farmers a cash Income more quickly than any other crop. We have already ordered In the aggregate about 1,000,000 plants, to J shipped to numerous points within the strawberry belt, - the donations to tie different points ranging from 216,000 to 300.000 plants. We find that by the use of fertilizers the growth of the plants can be materially , forced, and ,tnusa much . larger and more valuable crop can be yielded sooner. For that reason It is our desire to also donate these super-phosphates, and we find that about 1000 plants can be fertilised by one sacir of phosphates. . .' ... ... . We trust that for this charitable and beneficent purpose you can st least secure the fertilizer at cost, and we should hope that you might get a part ef the lot donated. However, we know that you will do the best that Is possible, end we have no doubt that by giving this Information .to the newspapers your efforts will be largely. , aided. In a- day or two we shall have a list of the places and names of the consignees, so that the goods may be shipped direct to the points of destination and thus save the labor snd delay involved in transshipping at Houston. We are told that the New Orleans phosphates are moat largely used In this vicinity, 'and afford the lest results. We have made our plans for leaving Mr. Ward and one assistant for a month or two longer at the newly-established warehouse in Houston, In order to look after the delivery of the plants, seed and fertilizers, and also a quantity of grain and other materials which we shall probably decide to donate on the mainland. . - STEPHEN E. BABTON, Second Vice President. !. ana 2V. Coast Patrons. Last Sunday excursion to gulf coast points for this season wtll leave New Orleans 8.05 a. m., Nov. 18. JOHN KILKENY, D. P. A. VANCE'S RKXmajf Made the Occasion of a Reception by His Colored Friends. J. Madison Vance, the well-known colored lawyer and politician, who left New Orleans a few weeks since to make campaign speeches under the auspices of the national Republican committee, returned last night, and was tendered a reception at his home by his frlenda Walter L. Cohen welcomed Vance, and spoke of the tatter's excellent work for the party during the campaign In a tour of the western and northwestern states.. Cohen quoted the following from a recent issue of the Chicago Times-Herald: "Two colored men who represent the best brain and activity of their race in this country T. Thomas Fortune and J. Madison Vance have made their mark In the Bepubllcan campaign m the west. Mr. Vance is a brilliant orator. At all the larger demonstrations he has been the speaker who has been relied on to give a dignified and logical exposition of the Issues -at stake, and to define the relation the colored voter bore to the question under discussion. The local leaders of the colored Republicans have been so thoroughly pleased with the results reached by these representatives, of what they are pleased to call the young and progressive element of the race, that they gave them a complimentary banquet last week that was regarded as the most elaborate In the history of the colored people of Chicago. "T. Thomas Fortune la the editor of the New York Age. He la a native of Jacksonville, Fla., but has been a resident of New York city for the past twenty years. He Is regarded as the moBt capable Journalist among- his people, and is noted for his aggressiveness and for the courageous manner rn which he resents all affronts to abridge what he regards as the rights of his people. J. Madison Vance is a native of New Orleans, where he is a practitioner of established ability, and recognized as an able orator." In answer to the greeting of Cohen, the returned pilgrim described his Journeylngs and detailed the series of campaign speeches In the western and northwestern states In which he took part. He said that among; those people he found attentive listeners, and he believes that the colored man can now lift up his head and look for a fair chance to share In the rights and privileges guaranteed by the federal constitution to every citizen. Vance spoke of the magnificent ovation tendered Senator Hanna and himself at the First Armory Hall In Chicago by the colored people, and referred to his visit to St. Paul, Minn., and where he met Archbishop Ireland and Senator Davis, who was then lying very HL Bepubllcan leaders, from Senator Hanna down, complimented the work of the colored "spellbinders." Vance said that he- did not believe the question of cutting down representation in the south would be made a party issue. The national leaders believed the day was not far off, when by the force of reason, Louisiana would be ranked among the Bepubllcan states. ' Vance, tn conclusion, said that he was triad to come back among his own people, and he felt deeply touched at the kind and cordial reception extended him. Office men are often in poor health. Want of pare air and para -water Is the eanse. Abtta Spring; Water corrects that, cor-recta siar other tils mot apparent. Olv It a trial you'll not re--arret. Phones 20OO. a. t-ocAx. Acansmos. A New Torlc Easiness Man Cosaes Hsre as a Promising; Kleld. Among the enterprising men who have decided to make New Orleans their home la Edward B. Drake, who comes from New York, and who for thirteen years was connected -with one -of the largest paint houses in the United States In their New York office. He resigned that position to come here and connect himself with, ths bouse of B. Mc William a. Limited. . Mt. Drake said that the sentiment among his business friends in New York was that New Orleans was the most progressive city in the sooth. The city Is rated as the best paint city- tn the United States. In passing through Chicago and St. Louis he found both cities very active, shipping goods on orders taken before the election. He was greatly surprised to find New Orleans such sa active oity. as the general impression tn the north, is that the general tendency here is to be a little slower than, there, but he found New Orleans more active than any of the northern cltiea. which shows the healthy condition of business here. Mr. Drake said that he found that the railroads through the middle west and south were overtaxed.; both with passenger snd freight traffic Through passenger trains on roads out of Chicago do not pretend to maintain schedule time, being at ide to accommodate freight. The roads do not know where they will get j cars so nanaie ne mrecmuiaise uucviu move this winter.. As a point of export the middle west is looking to New Orleans I as her principal outlet. . j Mr. Drake will bring bis family here as soon as he can make arrangements, snd , considers hlmseir aireaqy a jjouisianran. 11 ALWAYS FIRST ; PRIZES CI TAXE CIO FIAS3S I KCKA..-L BEST HAKES, . Cheapest Fries, EA31EST TERSS. J

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  2. 16 Nov 1900, Fri,
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