1900 Galveston Hurricane article. Headline: Bodies Buried Out At Sea - Tom Malmay

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1900 Galveston Hurricane article. Headline: Bodies Buried Out At Sea - Tom Malmay - BODIES BURIED ! OUT AT SEA Unable to Dig Graves...
BODIES BURIED ! OUT AT SEA Unable to Dig Graves for the Victims of the Awful Hurricane Down in Texas. GATHERING DEAD BV THE CARTLOAD so widely scattered that it is impossible to obtain anything - like a correct estimate of the number of dead that have been found - up to this time. Many more have been found in the city of Galveston than was expected. CARRIED SHIPS INTO THE OPEN PRAIRIE. EXTREMITIES OF GALEVSTON ALMOST BEYOND BELIEF, YET THE SURVIVORS OF THE AWFUL STORM ARE MANFULLY FACING THE PROBLEMS THAT CONFRONT THEM THE CITY UNDER MARTIAL LAW, HOUSES NOT HABITABLE, ONE OUT OF EVERY TEN SUFFERING FROM WOUNDS AND YET THE WORK OF BURYING THE DEAD AND REMOVING THE WRECKAGE GOES ON. PORT ARTHUR ESGAPED THE STORM'S FURY, BUT SABINE PASS SUFFERED FROM THE ELEMENTS. Special to The Times. Galveston, Sept. 11. The extremities in which this city has been placed by the recent hurricane are almost beyond appreciation. The water supply is cut off and the city is in darkness, owing - to the partial destruction of the gas plant. Houses, such as remain, are soaked with salt water to the height of the first stories. Wreckage is everywhere. One person in every forty of the population is dead . and perhaps one in every ten is still suffering from cuts or bruises and other shocks. The dead must be buried and the wounded and sick nursed. The survivors must be housed, many of them in tents, until houses are habitable. : - r : " They muct also be fed. r Galveston citizens have rallied heroically to the emergency. They have organized the city into a great camp, practically under martial law. TJie soldiers who survived the destruction of the barracks, the police and the city militia patrol the streets. Committees have been formed to take up every branch of work of relief and restoration. None of the help which comes from the outside will be wasted or go amiss, but Galveston is facing some problems which even the nation's charity cannot reach. The dead must be disposed of and that quickly, in this hot climate. . When, on the morning after the storm subsided, the work of collecting the bodies began, it was found that duty to living demanded immediate action. Many corpses are without clothing sufficient to identify them. Others have been disfigured and bruised by the wreckage washed about. When an attempt was made to dig graves in some places it was discov ered that the water - soaked condition of the ground precluded burial and so the sea, which wrought such havoc, re ceived many of the victims. The work of disposing of the dead called for stout hearts. Many shrank frpm it. The firemen of the city became undertakers. Bodies were gathered in two wheel carts and hauled to barges, which were turned into morgues. So far as possible, Port Arthur, Sept. 11. The great storm which so nearly destroyed the city and port of Galveston did practically no damage to Port Arthur. Houses in the lower grounds were injured by backwater coming into the floors from one to five inches deep. A sixty - ton Red Snapper schooner was beached in front of the old town of Sabine Pass, while a large barge and many small craft between the old and new town were carried by the waves upon the beach and Southern Pacific railroad tracks, and beyond to the open prairie. The United States life - saving station and seven nearby buildings were destroyed. The United States pilot boat Hope rests on the prairie, quarter of a mile south of New Sabine. The water was about four feet deep over the main street in Sabine, but did little damage to the business houses. moving some from their foundations, however. Two fishermen out in the gulf were drowned. The Custom House, at the water's edge, was twisted on its piling foundations and thrown out of plumb. The number of houses wrecked and destroy ed at New and Old Sabine will not ex ceed thirty or forty. A STRIKE IS IMMINENT. WILKES - BARRE MINERS INFORM ED THAT THEY MAY BE ORDER ED OUT IN 48 HOURS. Special to The Times. Wilkes - Barre, Sept. 11. Benjamin Jones, a member of the Miners' Executive Board, arrived here today from Indianapolis. He said a strike would be ordered within 48 hours, and that President Mitchell would arrive on Thursday to personally direct the movement. SCR ANTON MINERS WARNED. They Are Told to Be in Readiness to Strike at a Day's Notice. Scran ton, Sept. 11. Fred. Dilcher, a member of the General Executive Board of Mine Workers, arrived today from IndianapolisC He said the matter of ordering a strike is now in the hands of President Mitchell. He professed ignorance of what his action would be. He issed an order to the miners of District No. 1, directing them to hold themselves In readiness to strike at a day's notice, and warning them to refrain from entertaining outside reports. A CRISIS NEAR. is list has been growing - to appalling kept and It proportions. As was the case at Johnstown, the number of dead at Galveston will never be known accurately. LIST OF DEAD GROWS. GALVESTON ALONE BELIEVED TO HAVE LOST THREE THOUSAND CITIZENS. rSpeclAi to The Times. 1 Galveston, by way of Housi 11. The latest estimate of th S - jJ - S. of lives lost in Galveston Is from 1,000 to 3,000. Up to 10 o'clock this morning BOO bodies had been recovered .and since then more have been found and are awaiting identification. Rescuing and searching parties are Definite Action Expected to be Taken Tomorrow. Special to The Times. Indianapolis, Sept. 11. Many telegrams passed today between Secretary Wilson, of the United Mine Workers, and the members of the executive board, who went to the anthracite coal regions immediately after the adjourn - nenf of the board on Sunday. It was stated that the situation is rapidly approaching a crisis. This afternoon a telegram was sent to President Mitchell, who is in Illinois. He is expected to return tomorrow, when some definite action will be taken. COTTON GIN ENGINE EXPLODES. Special to The Times. 1 New Orleans, Sept. 11. By the explosion of an engine of a cotton gin mfTl, near Francisville, La., yesterday, seven men were killed and three injured. THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. Important Questions Keep the Committees Active. The teachers committee of the School Hoard held a lengthy and busy session last night considering many questions that naturally come up at the opening of the school term. In some instances schools are overcrowded and others do not have a full share. All these defects must be remedied and the committee found it impossible to complete the task at one sitting. They will meet again on Friday evening, when they hope to be able to have all the scholars comfortably provided for. The building committee held a short session and approved bills amounting to 1,850.37. V trr DECLINE OF THE BICYCLE. A Decrease of 51,961 Riders in Fair - mount Park in August. Philadelphia, Sept. 11. Captain Chas - teau, of the Park Guard, yesterday gave out the following figures of visit ors to the park during August: Pedes trians, 161.995; bicycles. 40.037: one - horse vehicles, 15,043; two - horse vehicles, 4,182; automobiles. 530. and eqtstrians, 667. It is a noticeable fact tr t durlnsr tht Innt mrtnt - h them was pjitg .Liecrease of 61,961 bicycle riders in the August, 1899. A on the The of of A St. Louis (Mo.) negress helps her husband crack stone in on e of thc streets. She says she would rather do so than wash clothes. Penn - Troy laundry, opposite poatofflce. He disappeared evening with out tell matter. sew Fair, showers to St. ers. all

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