Austin American-Statesman from Austin, Texas on August 18, 1915 · 1
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Austin American-Statesman from Austin, Texas · 1

Austin, Texas
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Wednesday, August 18, 1915
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sThT Associated Press deoend on fakes, hoaxes, D,nnsationsP for it. news. Quick, r stnsaxio' the servce fas Van who desire, the truth f"d the privilege of drawing his own conclusion- THE AUSTIN STATESMAN And TRIBUNE YOUR CHANCE Try The Statesman want ads. They get other people results. They offer you an opportunity to do the same. Phone Miss Classified both phones 150. She will teil you all about It. VOLUME 1, NUMBER 44 AUSTIN, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY EVENING, AUGUST 18, 1915 FIVE CENTS THE COPY 1 , i)W ic L: oiH S L fi L is H inl fj U it i ; J t' i If .E-. Ill L : 0. ii S CAUSEWAY IS WASHED OUT. COULD NOT SEE THE TALL GRAIN ELEVATORS AND CONCLUDES THEY WERE ! WASHED AWAY-COTTON WASHED CLEAR ACROSS BAY. : HOUSTON, Tex., Aug. 18 (via Temple and telephone to Dallas. The Houston Chronicle prints the following interview with J. R. Montgomery, a Houston correspondent of a Galveston newspaper, who got as far as Virginia Point Tuesday and viewed the wrecked city of Galveston: "I am confident the number of dead in Galveston is large. I could not see an elevator on the port side of: the city and my opinion is that the dumber of buildings destroyed will run into the thousands. x '"I believe the property loss will be greater than that of 1900." , Montgomery made his way to the drawbridge p f the Galveston causeway and owing to the fact that this structure was swept away he was forced to return to Houston. He made the trip in an automobile. I "We encountered indescribable conditions," lie said. 'The road bridges at Clear Creek and Dickinson were washed out and we ran our automobile over the railroad bridges and across the ties. - 1 "We saw thousands of bales of cotton on the prairies all the way from Virginia Point (the mainland end of the Galveston causeway) to the town of La Marque, far inland. These washed from Galveston docks by the great tidal wave, j ' "The water must have been several feet over the causeway and serious damage must have-been ?on it by th washing out of large quantities of fillings in the center." The Chronicle also reported that it received formation that fifty persons are dead at Texas pty, but accounts for only twelve soldiers who Perished when the Thompson building at Texas My collapsed. ! It is said these were all private soldiers, no f missioned officers having lost their lives. 1 The railroad drawbridge has been washed pay at Seabrook, about twenty miles from Houston. Three persons are reported to have lost their hves at that point. - . DALLAS, Tex., Aug. 18. Scores are said to Save perished in the West Indian hurricane that f 'ePt Texas coast points in round-about reports Reived here today from points in the stricken strict. Eighteen soldiers, it is said, were killed f jexas City, the regular army camp near Gallon ,and thirty or forty civilians also reported Between fifty and sixty soldiers are said to 1 ave been in jured at Texas City. MORGANS POINT, PTex., &ug. 18.-Eight . . . . j mi s. :;7d while fishing. Report reached here from " ?uentic source that the bodies of a woman, ; oaby and a gailor had ped near Sylvan -d fi They were unidentified and apparently ,J boated from the bav. k J JL i v yiUVV v r 1EMY DAW 10 COTTON CROP THIS SECTIO Damage which will run into millions of dollars has been done to the cotton crop in Texaa by the storms of Monday and Tuesday. Reports from towns in Central Texas say that open cotton in the bolls has been blown out of the bolls and either carried away by the wind or beaten into the ground by the heavy rain which accompanied it. It is estimated that 50 per cent of all the cotton in this section was open and that from one-fourth to one-half of the open cotton was lost. On this calculation the damage will be from 15 to 25 per cent of the entire cotton crop of Central Texas. Farmers in Travis County were heavy sufferers. Perhaps more than half the cotton in the county was open and much of this was swept away in the storm, to be beaten into the mud by the rain. STATE IS READY TO SHIP TENTS TO STORM DISTRICT ight Editions of ouston Papers ring Early News The Houston Post says that one of its reporters got as far as LaMarque en route to Galveston. H e could see the elevators standing at Galveston. Only one seemed to be dismantled, having lost a top. The Houston Post also says that about Texas City Jiundreds of bales of cotton were strewn about in the wreckage. Whlie Assistant Adjutant General McCalmont, in charge in the absence of Adjutant General Hutchings, sought to communicate with Galveston today, tents, blankets and cots were ready in the Adjutant General's Department for shipment to Houston or Galveston for the use of storm refugees. As soon as the needs of the sufferers can be ascertained, the Assistant Adjutant General said, supplies will be rushed under guard to the coast. Governor Ferguson took up the matter of relief for Galveston with the Adjutant General's Department Tuesday and efforts were then made to find what was needed. Due to the presence of regulars at Texaa City, it is not likely that State troops will be sent to Galveston for police work. It is thought here that the Texas City headquarters may be able to care for all refugees, as the oommissary department there has plenty of tents and blankets, but State officials are ready to assist In relief work if their assistance is needed. Members of the Austin militia companies probably will be sent to the coast In charge of supplies. These companies, E and F, have been preparing themselves for a call to the Mexican border and practically all of their men are ready for service at a moment's notice. Word from tie coast was anxiously awaited at the Capitol Wednesday, Governor Ferguson joining in efforts to communicate with, the stricken town POUT ISABEL REPORTED SAFE LITTLE DAMAGE SAN ANTONIO, J Point Isabel, which i ported to have been according to a specia. ug, 18. y was reeled, is safe, news dispatch received today. The storm is said to have done little damge on the coast from Corpus Christ! to Browntville and no lives were reported lost. No Loss of Life at Eagle Lake, Tex, DALLAS, Texas, Aug. 18. A longdistance telephone message received here this morning from Eagle Lake, Texas, sixty miles west of Houston, said the hurricane had completely subsided there at 11 o'clock last night, there had been some property damage at Eagle Lake, but no Iobs of life reported in that Immediate vicinity. All mean of communication with Houston, It was said, still was Interrupted. Generally Cloudy Is Texas Forecast. coat fMfl.q: Tonieht. generally 'cloudy, rain in north; xliursUay, part cloudy; Tght to moderately southerly winds on the coast. I West Texas: 'iciugnt ana mursuuj, ,partly cloudy, rain in north portion. According to the Houston Post story of conditions at Texas City, based on an interview with E. V. Rhodes, who brought the Texas City appeal for aid to Houston, the bodies of eight women were found washed ashore at Texas City Tuesday. These bodies are supposed to have come from Galveston. In 1900 ... many bodies ,. from Galveston washed up at Texas City. Six deaths are reported from La Porte, Texas, eight from Morgans Point and three from Sylvan Beach. WACO, Tex., Aug. 18. A copy of the sixth edition of the Houston Chronicle of Tuesday says: 'Twelve soldiers were killed at Texas City during last night's storm when the Thompson building, a new three-story structure collapsed. Eight were killed by falling brick, while four were drowned later. About thirty or forty civilians, many of them women and children, lost their lives. "The first rumor to reach Houston was that between 200 and 250 soldiers were drowned, but this report was denied by A. H. Doty and T J. Moran, who reached Houston late Tuesday, after making a trip to Texas City in an automobile on the railroad track. They said only twelve soldiers lost their lives and perhaps thrice as many were injured." v . t ' ' The first editions of the Houston papers to reach Austin since the storm of Monday night came here Wednesday morning. Their information as to conditions at Galveston is not complete, as neither the Chronicle nor the Post has been able to get a man into Galveston. The Houston Chronicle headlines reads "Galveston Death Toil Is Sure to Reach Up Into the Hundreds." The Houston Post makes no estimate. The Houston Chronicle says that there are fifty persons dead at Texas City. The Houston Post, which evidently had a later report, confines the death list to eighteen, ten soldiers and eight civilians.- The Houston Chronicle reports three deaths at Seabrook two white men and one negro. Seabrook is said by both papers to have beenpractically annihilated so far as houses are concerned. The Houston Post carries an appeal from II. li. Moore for food and supplies for the civilian population at Texas City to be sent to Major General J. Franklin Bell, United States Army, wbo is commanding at Texas City, which is under martial law. Because of damage to property at Houston twenty special officers were sworn in and everyone on the streets after 9:30 o'clock Tuesday night was forced to give a good account of himself, according to the Post. A relief committee met in Houston Tuesday. A boat of supplies will be sent to Galveston. At Kemah, on the coast, only one house has been left standing, according to Frank Annello of Seabrook, who escaped from the storm at Seabrook and made his way to Houston. The Southwestern Telegraph and Telephone Company loss at Houston is estimated at $100,000. Practically every big establishment in Houston reports damage. The Houston Post declares there have been but two deaths in Houston a negro who encountered a live wirfj and a carpenter whose barn fell, on him. The Houston Post ronorts eicht deaths at Morgans Point.- The Houston Texas League baseball park has been damage beyond repair cud ail bascnan vtai Co transrerrea from to ere, according to the Post. The Post reports ten houses down at Bellaire and two per,oi: injured. PUBLIC UTILITIES IN GALVESTON ARE PARALYZED BY STORM INDICATIONS ARE THAT LOSS WILL BE ENOR-MUS-DERBIS ALONG COAST SHOWS STORM WAS MUCH MORE SEVERE THAN THAT OF 1900. (The following dispatch was received shortly after 1 o'clock and was the only word from Galves ton up to that time, Wednesday.) GALVESTON, Tex., Aug. 18 (by wireless from U. S transport Buford). Considerable suffering in the city. The water system, lighting system, gas and streetcar systems are,. out of commission. There is no drinking water in the city. Three hundred feet of the causeway has been de stroyed. All officers, classified employes, enlisted men and their families are safe. (This refers to garrison at Fort Crockett.) :.: : "v ' HOUSTON, Tex., Aug. 17 (by mail to Dallas, Aug. 18). Though only one person, a negro, lost his life, Houston has sustained a loss estimated at from $2,000,000 to $5,000,000 in the worst tropical storm in the history of the Texas coast. Not a single business house, not a single residence es caped damage. At 4:30 this morning, when the storm reached its height, the barometer fell to 28.21, the third lowest reading in the history of the world. , At that time wind puffs attained the terrific velocity of 90 miles. Five thousand refugees from Galveston are in Houston, coming over on special interurbans and trains during Monday afternoon after storm warnings had been issued, The storm here raged without intermission from 7:30 p. m. to 5 a. m. The wind blew from all directions whipping from the south to the north and from the east to the west. Two furniture concerns alone have loss es amounting to $250,0Q0? dueio broken plate glass windows admitting m the interior of their stores a seven and one-half inch downpour. The storm is thought to have struck the mainland be tween Houston and Galveston, possibly visiting its full fury on Houston. Gov. Ferguson Will Go to Galveston State Militia May Be Called Out Appeal for Monev Is Probable. Having failed to obtain any direct Information from Galveston on the situation there, Governor Ferguson today decided to make a personal investigation of the conditions prevailing on Galveston Island and is now preparing to leave for Houston. The Governor la determined that the Stale snail render all assistance possible to Galveston, should the seriousness of the situation warrant such action, Actini? upon his instruction"! Colonel I. A. McCalniont, Assistant Adjutant Oeneral, and Dr. A.-' I. Linoeciun, Assistant State Health Officer, left at ..on today over the Houston & Texas Governor Ferguson left at 1:55 o'clock today for Houston, from whloh place he will make an effort to reach Galveston, where he will make a personal Investigation of the storm situation there. He was accompanied by Colonel J. A."McJaV-mont, Assistant Adjutant General, and Ir. A. L,. Lincecum, Assistant State Health Officer. Central Railway for Houston and from, there will make an effort to reach Galveston as soon as possible. These offi-i clais win make a personal investigation, and if assistance is needed tent a and other equipment wlU be dispatched at once to Galveston. Before leavlngr, Colonel :Te&Jm6ht lefl Instruction here to have 350 tents ready to b -shipped ircmrdia'ely. Dr. Vncccui" iContinued on Page Five.,

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