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THE ST. LOUIS REPUBLIC.
COPYRIGHT. 1500. BY PUBLISHERS. GEORGE- KNAFP & COMPANY.
Tfte SpectMl Mill Edltloa I
Prtat:d la Three Pmrts.
The Saadiy Mipaloe
Prtnttd In One Part.
ST. LOUIS. MO.. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1G, 1900.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
Courage of the Citizens of the
IH-Fated City Reasserted.
Three Thousand Bodies Buried, Sunken in
the Sea or Burned, and Work of
Cleaning the City Well Advanced.
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IhtUtKAL HfcALiH UrMttK
HAS NO FEAR OF EPIDEMIC,
X'jW Orleat.s--. I-l, St-pt. li AssUttnt Snrwn II U. Parker, temporarily in
comman.l of the IcU L"nlt-1 States Marin llospitul Service. htle Doctor Eak-
er is absent from the city, at Galveston, under onltrs from Surgeon General
Wyman to kttp him thorouslil)' lJ4tcJ n all matters relative to sanitation and
ha.nit:il need- Kives out ar. interview licra to-day. tlenylns the many press re-
r.orts emanating from r.alveston sUtiirr tbJt nn -piJetnln is likely, owing to
the ttrrible sti-neh exlstins tliero from dead human bodies.
"Stench from putrid and rutting human Seh -docs not cause pestilence." h
said. "DkrdAd of a speclllc rharacfr havo .i detinlte period for incubation, nnd
the time ei.ipseti since the destruction of Culveston has not been sufficiently
long to innibate any of the disease, such as typhoid fever, requiring tnoweeka
r,r in. .nil. ,n,,i, ir anv nf the other averace feve.rs. reauirine from seven to four-
X teen days."
IN ALYIN CALL FOR HELP.
Wreck of the Cotton Exchange Building, Galveston, Where the United States Signal Service Eurean Was Located.
Houston, Tev., Spt. 13. The following- stdteraer.t and appeal was sent to the
AsuK-ii'ted lrcs!i by R. U. Kinit tf Alvln. Tex.:
"I arrived in AIvlu from Dalian and '.vas Hstonibed and bewildered by the
slcht of devastation nn cvrj- idde. Ninty-tlve per cent of the houses in this, vicin
ity are in ruins, leavlnc t.tX persons without adequate theltor. and destitute.
"Everything In the way of crcps Is destroyed.
"l."nles ther; is sixedy relief there will t exceedingly sreat sufferins.
"The ptople n"d and must have -assUtance. They netd money to rebuild their
1 cnies and buy stuck and lmp!cment3. They need food tlo.ur. bacon and corn.
Tlicy must have seeds fi-r their Bardens so a to be ablo tu do something for
themselves Ve-y sonii. Clo'.hlr.B is badly tided.
"lfunureds of v.omen and children arc wl'hout a chance ot clothinjr, and are
already aurfering. Home better Idea may be had of the distress when it is known
that boi-cars are being Improvised as houses and hay as beddlnfr.
"Only fourteen houses In tho town of Alvln are standing u their foundations,
and they are ladly damssed.
"The necessities of tho people must be met or great sutYeiiug and starvation
"It i !elifcved that a scr-erous public will iiulckly respond wlrtn they know
the dire distress amoi: this people.
"Wliile the great symjiathetic heart of this srard nation U responding so gen-
' erously for the itricken city of (Salveston. It should be, remimbered also that the
( smaller towns where the. same condlticns of total wreck exis-t. though miracu-
lously nith smaller loss of life need immediate- help from a liberal people."
Br D. J. McAUUFFB.
Br STAFF CORRESPONDENT.
Galveston. Tex.. Sept. 13. Ona week ago
et this hour of the night the elements of
earth and ths powers of death were con
uplrlng to bring about ona of earth's great
est tragedies, end while that tragedy Is
now a part of tho world's history. Its full--mt-ineardni.
its direst peril, will never be
pictured on thf minis cf any. ava thoss
who felt th chill blest bv death, but
through some inscrutabia mean of Provi
dence did not fall 03 victim tcV.ts fury7
And it Is better that the '--rid does not
know, that the world doet uot feel, what
Galveston Vxows and feci For, while all
th world is sad. with Galveston, the city
itself is the saddest spot on earth.
The woe. the misery, the suffering and tho
mlshty march of death's angel have para
lyzed the city by tho sea for the time, and
it is well that other cities wero not so
paralyzed, that they might bury tha dead
and minister unto the living,
I saw a friend to-day. a man who had
foajht against the wind ahd battled agalnat
tha UJe In Galveston. Ha lost a very dear
sister and several cousins, but ho was heed
less of til this, and worked in the morgue,
where scores of unshrouded dead were has
tily prepared for their last long rest
He strired to do this duty until he was
ready to drop frcm exhaustion, but he did
not cease his efforts for the welfaro of
his stricken people. He procured a pistol
and went out to patrol the streets, to pro
tect tha living and guard tha dead.
He saw a man, a wh.t man, stoop to
cut oil a dead finger on whlcn glistened a.
ring. A shot rang out and tho gnouiisn
vandal was added to the number.css t-odies
that were swallowed un ly the waves.
Speaking of this occurrence to me, my
"Until then I knew not what manner of
man 1 was. I had always bad a horror oi
bloodshed, but 1 shot that man with as
little compunction as I would have smashed
the head of a poisonous knaka with a
1 SlfoT HIM, "YES.
AS I WOULD A SXAICC"
He exhibited a cartridge from whloh had
sped the f tal bullet. His eyes had the leer
uf a, madman, and his laugh was almost
flcndlsh ab he told how tbs blood gushed
from tho fatal wound his pUtol had made
Yet with all this he was tender and cap
eble of sl the higher emotions.
After tolling for hours over the dead, a
friend came by. noted bis exhausted con
dition, nulled him nway and pressed food
Into his hands. He was ravenously devour
ing it when a poor, battered and bruised
woman approached blra carrying two half
etarved children in her arms.
".Mister, please give my babies what you
leave, won't you?" the said.
"Here, take all of It, and God help you,
was the reply.
Yet this man had shot a fellow being aB
he would kill a snake.
Order is slowly coming out of chaos In
this stricken Island city of the South, and
us the etory of the awful wreck and ruin
wrought by wind and wave one weeJ: ago
to-day gradually unfolds, more appall.ng be
comes the extent of the disaster.
The death list grows liojrly.
Body after body has been dug out of the
debris in the devastated district, borne to
sea and deposited in its depths, or burned in
Already over 3.CM) corpses have been given
to the sea, and for the last two. days the
corpses have been burned on the beach.
The work goes steadily on.
Down tho streets ioil wagons bearing de
composed bodies of men, women and chil
dren, voung and old, black and white, all
riled in horrible heaps. Xo distinction can
be made ad to race or color. Ax these coan-e
luneral proceions go on their way ptop.e
turn their eyes, shudder, utter expressions
of horror and hurry from tho spot.
Tho scenes of the day and night of terror
in Galveston and the events that have fol
lowed have not Jerved to harden those who
survived, but they have at least Prepared
them for the sight of things from hich all
men at other times would shrink from trie
sushtVst wntempialloiu The Mtuation has
not been overdrawn.
op tub oi:ad is 3.000.
No one numbers the dead at less than o0.
There are those not given to eWlon
who think that the figure should be S.tvJ or
"t ex3ct number never will be known
AVhoie families of whom no record can be
obtained have perished. ..lone
ilany bodies of the unbailed still 1 lie 1 along
the beach and In the bay u.,to"s !
heaps or debris, crushed beyond all recoj,
nThehouls.have ceased their work under
tha salutary punshment of eoI,d'e,ront
A view of tha beach front Mt of JJJ
Jxeet gives an idea of tha frightful extent
I to which the Island has been denuded. From
this point an unobstructed vlen- of th
wreckage may be obtained, and a thieklv
populated district, embracing fifty or 'Ixty
city blocks, has been comp.etely laid waste.
The territory from th center of Tremont
street and Avenue I down to Broadway and
Thirteenth street is leveled to tho ground,
cot a shingle or stone that was not razed by
the wind or tha raging" wartT..
Kot a house In thl dlrtrict withsttf'!
the storm. Further On. thoao that' might
have- escaped the wrath of the wind or
the wrath of tho aw tloundeml and fell
when struck by floating buIUIng", and
debris that Homed furiously from the eu.st
to the west, demolishing other hi. use. and
homes ar.d carrying their unfortunate in
mates to their dtaths by drowning.
With the wind blowing at the rnt of
!( miles an hour, nothing In It- :,.tth could
escape. With the wild sea riir.ing with
madness aci-ora thtlll-fatt J l!and. It is ;i
wonder, indeed, that any one H alive to
tell how it happened.
Piles of debris of ten ar.d twenty feet
high are now being tern up by husbands,
fathers, brothers. frlcnd3 and relatives of
loved and lost ones.
women and ciiiliii:i:x
3L'FF!:m:u .noui: tii,iv urv.
The wind the day of the r;iht-r was
strongest In the evening. At 11 o'clock in
the morning It wa but ii fresh brecxe
The bay was choppy. The wave dashed
agalrst the lower part of the railway trains
crossing the bridges, but they had done 1.0
before, ar.d no danger was seen In their
As the velocity of the wind lncre.i?d and
tha waters raged. concl'.usn p of the
alarming conditio? s elaw-.ed uj.on tho clti- .
zens. They had been told that some day I
a etorm vould destroy and depopulate the
island, but it had withstood so many gales
and emerged unhurt fiom tuch roaring sear.
that not until both wind and wave grew
to death-dealing proportion did they re
alize what this storm meant.
Between 4 and G o'clock In ihe Jifternoon
tho torrent roared as it bent down mcr
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cllesly upon the once proudest city of ihe
Texas Coast, but even those In the down
town businetss portion of the city did not
know what frightful havoc was being
wrought In the districts of homs. where
were thIr wives and sisters and daughters
rr.d cl-.IUren. many of the llttl ones at
play when the storm broke and all unaware
of Its coming.
Read the record o? the dead, so far as
It has been compute, and see In what awful
numbers the women and children outnum
bered the men. Ir on-; place, near Tiemont
street and avenue 1. half a iiozi houses
were shattered and Jammed In a tparo Hot
twenty-five feet equitre. Beneath this pile
over 1W persons, mostly women and chil
dren, were buried along with cattle, horses,
dogs and other animals, in one confused
While every house In the city and nib
urba suffered from the hurricane and n
croachment of the Gulf waters, tho section
named sulTered most, in being bwept as
clean tin a desert
Another district, extending east to Thir
teenth street and south to the Gulf, suffered
greatly, and few ot the buildings withstood
the storm, none without damage. At Tre
mont Mreet and Avenue PJa the wind
corns northward for about "two blocks
and then cut acros westward to the ex
treme western limits of the city In fact,
swept clear on down tho Island for many
FOUIt MILES SWXl'T
CLUAX OF UL'lLDl.MiS.
The path of tlu, leveled ground west of
Avenue P cleared, and several blocks ex
tending boutlr to the beach and west to
Twenty-seventh street, the tornado cut
diagonally southwest on a straight line with
three blocks of the beach and down west
on the IkhcIi many miles beyond the city
This does not mean that the path of the
storm was confined to this stretch of terri
tory, not by any rneaiw. There were many
blocks In the center of the city almost to
tally demolished by the fury ot the Wind
and sea. but the above long Hue of about
four miles of the city proper, and many
miles of country laneu, wire swept clean of
buildings and all other obstructions.
A few of- the piles that once supported
the street railway trestle, cxtendiug from
Center to Tremont street, on the beach, are
all that remain to mark the curved line of
right-of-way. Not a vestige of the three
large bathhouses of O'Kcefo's Pagoda and
Muiiiock Is to be seen.
The Midway, with Its many old shacks
and frame concert balls and other resorts,
was ewept to the sea, and the gulf now
plays twenty feet north of where the Mid
way marked the beach line. The Olympla.
by. the .Sea. an open-air theater, likewise
fell early, prey to tn storm, and the surf
General View of the Wreckage at Virginia Point, Showing Character of Debris All Over the Island.
which formerly lapped the elevated floor of
the Olymnla. now sweeps across the electric
i railway track about fifteen feet north of
the bl? circular building.
On Tremont street and Avenue Ptj two
buildings stand, or rather two strucurcs
mark where tho two frama buildings bat
tied with tho raging elements.
With hooks and spades dozens of the
corp-'cs were dug out of the ruins and cre
mated on the beaclt. Fucerai fires ulor.g
the gulf shores emit dense clouds of black
I smoke that envelop or hang like a pall over
tha city. The stench Is stifling. To-day,
one of the hottest ot the summer, made the
conditions In tlus regard almost lnrurfer
able. To counteract these effects hundreds
of barrels of ejulck Uruo and acid are
burned along the shore.
The health, omclais, under the direction
of State Health OiUccr Blunt, aro doing
everything possible to prevent an outbreak,
of sicknes.3. Tho main ttrtels ot the city
nxe being rapidly cleared ot debris. Tha
local lorcea have been augme'iitenl material
ly by the arrival of .iclp irom Houston.
DttlliUS IS liln.NU
ItAl'ilJLY 1U;.I(IV UI).
Three thousand men. organized Into
gangs and tuad. of Irom ten to twenty
live, are warning under the dliection of
foremen day aim night.
All that can be aone is being done by the
iiayor and the various committees in
cnarae 01 lecoustructlon and reucf work,
but they ale not altogether equipped to
cope wltn the terrible eouuiuon.
in aiicitlou to the organized forces clear
ing away the wreekae in the city, tnill
vmual cnizeiis are- not idle. Men wiio never
knew what it was to liunule a pick or
shovel, ara hard at work removing the
deoris that surroiinus thvir own homes and
piaces of busmeKS.
iivery toice available is being brought
into use, this id one ot the most deplorable
features of tne .tudUan-men who lost their
all in the slottn, compelled to ciear away
the wreckage. Ad vet tibomerits have been
Inserted m the newspapers through tho
SLate offering the hiriutst wages to com
mon laucrers, bntk.ayers, tinners, carpen
ters and otucr wornininien to go to Galves
ton and to assist In the work of removing
the luina and reminding tha demolished
The Relief Committees, under the direc
tion of iiayor Jones, are doing everything
to alleviate the sufferings of the unfor
tunates on the Island. The city is divided
into wards, tor each one of which a sub
committee furnishes food and clothing. The
palpably pauper ciais, those about whose
m-.sfcriune there ia aDsolutely no doubt, re
cti ve necessities' almost w.thout the asking.
All others must make application to tho
committee tn charge of the ward In which
they live. -end. If lound worthy, their needs
arc relieved as nromutlv as nractlcable.
All the committees work tn harmony, trati '
ot course, their .experience 1 necessarily
Tiie great address of the
Democratic candidate at the
Coliseum last iiijjht will he
found in full on page G,
limited, and unavoidable mistakes occur,
but the people aro now calmer. less clamor
ous and more reasonable In their demand
for assistance than was the case immedi
ately after the hurricane wreck of the
Island, and now "what can't be cured must
CITY WILL SOOS UK
ULIIARUD OF ALL REFL'GKES.
People are continuing to leave town by
every available means, and Galveston
should be cleared of refugees within the
next few days. If the arrangements made
ore carried out without any hitches. Ev
erything possible Is being done in this line,
the committee realizing that the fooner
that the town is cleared the better for nil
Tne decomposition ot the bodies unburleel
is still noticeable In the air. but the corpses
are being disposed ot as rapidly as possible,
and thuse in a position to know do not an
ticipate any extrcxely serious result from
SEW HOARD OF HEALTH
HAS BEEN ORGANIZED.
. The iiayor has authorized Doctor C: It,
Wilkinson to organize a Board of Health,
and It has been perfected. It consists of
C. H. Wilkinson, president; A. J. Smith,
secretary and the following: Doctors Fly,
Randall, Trueheart, West. Peckham and XV.
C. Fisher. The duties assigned are:
Care of injured and sick. Trueheart.
Refugee camp, Peckham,
Disposal of human and animal remains,
Disinfectants and conveniences, Randall.
Removal of garbage. Randall.
Disposing of medical supplies, Fisher.
The Mayor authorized the committee to
employ men at $3 per day and drays at C50.
A public dispensary Is to be established in
each ward, where wounds will be dressed
and orders may be left for visiting the sick.
Public conveniences are to be estab
lished over tha city and the people will be
urged to use these, as they may be looked
after. wb.Ua It is Utterly Impossible to
care for tha private closets. Doctor Wil
kinson savs that the salt filmo that cov
ers the city will cava a sanitary effect and
that he does not expect a great deal of
Six of the Rod Cross nurses arrived this
morning from San Antonio and were placed
in service here. Outside physicians have
respondent rapidly and there arc not many
more needed now to care for the sick, but
they can give valuable assistance in en
forcing the sanitary measures.
clara iiartox ami
ui:d cross alr.ses arrive.
Miss Clara Barton and nine nurses of the
Red Cruas Society arrived at Houston this
evening and will come to Galveston as soon
as possible. They cams from Washington
via New Orleans.
Here Is ona experience of thousands, which
occurred during the storm. Forty people
took refuge In u house, well built and stand
ing high. The tatnily had first taken refugo
In the top story, and the ousg man of the
house, the strongest of them all. went out
In tho raging wuie-r and brought In every
one whom he could tind. -Men, women and
children wen reseue-d by him, and, as they
huddled lit that water-tossed home, not a.
word was spoken. For two hours they sat
there, not able to soe one another, every
one expecting that the next mument would
be the last.
The first utterance was from a IlttU girl.
She knew not where her mother sat; how
far from her, or whether she could hear;
but, between sobs, she asked:
"Mamma! how can I drovVti?"
None answered her. They awaited the
coming of the hour, when, sparated by
the angry waves and tossed between float
ing timbers, they would be carried out to
the rasing sea, which had come over the
land. No fond farewells were uttered, no
loving embraces, and no parting kisses oc
curred. They feared to Intimate OLe to the
other that they believed the end was so
near. Fortunately, they all escaped.
J. S. Mtze of the D. R. Francis & Bro.
Commission Company of St, Louis is in
Galveston. The company has a large quan
tity of grain stored in the Galveston ele
vators, and Mr. Mlze came here to look
Into its condition, and to see about getting
HOPE TO SAVE ALL
TIIE GRAIN IX ELEVATORS.
"If we have clear weather for a few
days," he said, "we shall be able to get
the grain out of the elevators without loss;
If it should rain, we will susttiln a slight
loss. The damage to the elevators Is mere
"I understand that there aro several ves
sels on the way here to take away this
grain. The port of Galveston is fortunate
In having such competent men In charge of
the hauuiing of grain, men who are equal
to any emergency, and whj are capable of
any demand made upon them. With such
men as C McD. Ro)",.nson. chief Grain In
spector, and C. W. Teague, superintendent
ot the GUveston Wharf Company's Cieva
tor, in charge of affairs. I know that we
shall be better able to handle our wheat
here without losses.
"I rte no reason why we should not con
tinue to use tho port of Galveston. I do not
helleve we would have come cut as well at
I any other port under similar conditions.
and 1 sea no reason why wo should not
keep on doing business this way. In tho
next few days wo will be getting It Into
ships and sending It forward.
"The fund for the relief of sufferers is
growing dally, but the needs of the stricken
people are so urgent that money cannot
come in too quickly or In too large sums.
On every hand Is seen the necessity for
financial assistance, and now that tho com
mittees have somewhat systematized tho
distribution of money and supplies. Galves
ton must needs be placed upon a footing to
meal the emergency if the citv is ever to
recover from last Saturday's disaster.
Monev. nrovislons. clothinrr and disinfect
ants are needed, and at once. Then must t
come stern, strong men to continue and
complete the work of clearing away the
ruins and burying and burning the dead.
"This done, and Galveston will rise again
LEADING TOPICS IN TO-DAY'S REPUBLIC.
For Missouri Fair and mnch rooter
Simelay. Monday fair; northerly
For Illinois Fair mid much cooler
Sunduy. Monday fain brink nurth
vrrsterly winds near the InUe.
I'or Arkansas Fair Sunday and
cooler In northern portion. Monday
fair anet cooler In southern portion:
For Iowa Fair Snnday antl Monday;
1. Galveston Grows Again oa the Storm's
:. Relief Fund Growing Rapidly.
S. Sights on the Way to Galveston.
10. Trusts Have Not Increased Wages.
11. The Railways.
Anthracite Coal Region TIed-Up.
12. Rnce-Track Results.
13. Baseball Games.
Mrs. McCoy Severe on the Kid.
II. Suits Against Transit Company.
Constable Plays Havoc With Saloon.
J. America's St, Helena to Be a Monastery.
2. Romance and Adventure la tha New ot
California Girt Marries a Jap.
Boy Baby EarnsMoney for His Mother.
Kin Potter Is Engaged to Ba Married.
3. Taking of Tlcn-Tsln Vividly Described.
4. Tho Corbett-McCoy Scandal.
Futurity Winners in the Stud.
Alard Scbeck Quite a Racer.
C. American Horses Coins Abroad.
McGraw or Donovan to Manage.
Washington Football Team Promise
Theatricals In Prospect.
Altgeld's Youthful Struggles.
7. Death Notices
Features at the Ex.
$. Fraternal Orders News.
1. Dockery Popular With SL Louis Voters.
Lincoln's Warning Against Monarchy.
2. Events In Society.
3. Alt in Readiness for the Ex. Opening.
World's Fair Work.
4. Help and Situations Wanted.
6. Agents Wanted Rooms for Rent.
C. Real Estate for Rent and Sale.
7. Miscellaneous Want Ads.
5. Miscellaneous Want Ads.
9. Lodge Notices.
10. Financial and Commercial New..
12. Week's Record tn Raalty.
Attractions for the 8t, Louis Fair.
to Its proud position of supremacy among
tha citle of the Texas coaat."
The exodus from Galveston grows in
number as the facilities for getting away
from the stricken city are Increased. Boats)
left here to-day more frequently than on
any day since the storm, some proceed
ing direct to Houston, via Buffalo Bayou,
ar.d others rnaklrg connection at Texas
Citv with the Great Northern Railroad
Arnon those who departed to-day were
General McKlbbon and Ueutenants Fergu
ton un3 Perry, who were sent hither ny
tne V luted States Government when tho
news of the horror was given to tho world.
Contlnneel on Page Two.
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