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MR8. BAXTER and child, all lost in MuU'i
MRS. DUDLEY BELL, wife of a Galveston
News compositor.
WILL J. RICE, proofreader of the New3, and
MRS. CLAUD J. FORDTRAN' and sister.
GEORGE SWEIL. mother and sister.
MRS. MICHAEL O'KKEFE and brother.
The bodies of four white persons and sev«i
colored were found In the first story of XV. J.
Reltmeyer*s residence In the morning. Relt
meyer and family were in the second story and
MRS. J. B. TREADWELL and Infant.
MRS. C. T. CLARK and Infant.
MRS EEVERIDCE and two children.
children and the mother of United States Depu
ty Marshal Wood. Mr. Locknecker escaped
with serious injuries.
MRS. AMUNDAZON. mother of Deputy Chief
of Police Amundazon.
JOSEPH R AGILO, chairman of the Demo
cratic County Executive Committee.
CHARLES J. RUST, knocked from dray
while attempting to carry his family to a placa
of safety and killed.
JOHN R. DAVIES and wife.
Two children of Captain Ellison, one of thea
•aSaCH^a ALVESTON. Tex.. Sept.
J5r 10.— Following Is a par
£? | i i pi tial list of the dead as
*~B^ gathered by the News.
It was sent by a tug to
STANDLEY G. SPENCER, steamship agent.
CHARLKS L. KELLER SR., a prominent
cotton man.
RICHARD LORD, traffic manager for George
McFadtlen & Bros., cotton exporters.
XV. L. DALY, agent tor Charles Ortwein &
Co. grain exporters and steamxhip agents.
RICHARD JOHNSON, struck by flying tim
bers ami instantly killed.
MISS MABEL STICKLOCH. Mechanic street.
Nephew of M. S. Shaw.
Seven members of the WVnsmore family, re
siding in thp East End. One member of the
family, an old man. was saved.
MRP. J. W. WENMAN and two children.
MRS. JACK DELAN'KY, wire of the ITnlted
States Bridge Officer of the port, and two
children. ,
Spanish sailor of the steamship Telesfora.
The Telesfora went adrtft and struck the
"Whitehall at ple.r 13. Timbers of the crain
elevator fell on the sailor and pinned him to
the dock.
MR. MAGIA, grocer. Eleventh street and
avenue A: two daughters and a son.
AH the Occmpamts of Some Build-
Ings Perish and Their Bodies
Carried Away Amid the Swirl-
Ing Debris.
with unabated fury and the roar of the!
wind was accompanied by the sound of
cra«=hinsr glass as one after another many
Windows were torn from their fastenings
and shattered upon the sidewalk below.
Sortlon after section of the tin roof was
roiu-d up like sheets of parchment and
hurled hundreds of feet away. To add to
th-> terror and confusion the electric light?
suddenly went out and the building was
left In total darkness. The roof of the
Grand Central Hotel was torn off, many
of its inmates rushing into the street.
Almost simultaneously a wail went up
from the people In the Lawler House, as
the big skylifrht on the top broke loose
and fell trashing down the shaft.
"Soon above the roar of the wind and
the crashing of glass was ho;»r<l the sound
of tailing brlrk. Every one realized the
prnvlty of the situation, but no one made
a sound. There was no shrieking, no
faint ins. Many women were there and
they stood the ordeal with such fortitude
ns to lend courage to pvien the faintest
hearted man. Suddenly the sound ceased
and the lower story of the depot, whore
all had again refuge, remained intact.
An inspection in the morning, however,
revealed the fact that it was badly shaken
and greatly damaged.
"As my train left Houston after day
light, nine hours late, nothing had been
learned as to tho havoc of the storm in
other parts of the city. Along the road
north of Houston scenes of devastation
and distress were witnessed. Buildings
had been torn down and the material of
which they were built was scattered over
the ground for miles. Trees had been
pul ed up by their roots and denuded of
their branches. Fields that had been
smiling the day before with all the great
fertility of this record-breaking year
were bare, tho plants having been grasped
by the hurricane and scattered far and
wide Hundreds of head of cattle and
been killed. They enn be no question that
the lops of life had been something ap
palling. At least 40 per cent of the
structures in the towns of Ilockley, Cy
press and Waller have been totally de
stoyed. Hearne was damaged somewhat,
but I do not regard the situation there
comparatively speaking, as serious."
.¦'.•:¦:• :¦¦¦.:¦ — — • .
DALLAS. Tex., Sept. 10.— Houston an-1
Texas Central Railroad officials at noon
received bulletins from their general of
fices in Houston that the loss of life will
roach ¦ 3<>00 in Galveston. The Missouri.
Kansas and Texas relief forces near Gal
veston and along the coast telegraphed
at noon that the loss of life will not be
l«iFS than 0000 and may reach 10,000.
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COLORADO SPRINGS. Colo.. Sept. 10.—
At a meeting to-night, called by Mayor
Robinson, a draft for $2000 was ordered
sent to Governor Sayers of Texas, to be
used to relieve the storm sufferers."
CHICAGO, Sopt. W.— The following statement of the situation at Galveston and along the coast was received to nie-hr
"DALLAS. Sept. lO.-Charies S. Diehl. General Manager Associated Press. Chicago: From the lac, ?™.',
IPhich are considered reliable, the disaster at Galveston and along the coast has not been exaggerated The waZ, t
the gulf and bay met. covering the Island to a depth of six to twelve feet. During the sudden flood 'a mo«t tprriw
norm was raging, the wind blowing about eighty miles an hour. Many of the dead have been uncovered- ntw«
still under the debris; others carried out to sea. It is not possible to give at this time a reliable report as to" the Z?rJ£*
of deaths. From estimates made by reliable person?, who have Just come fro/n Galveston. It is believed that notw ?T
1500. and possibly as many as a'»<0 people were drowned. Of course th* wounSed are numerous The dimiiro in nr ? «
rnoM shocking. Some of th* beet public buildings and private establishments were wrecked" Thou«nnds nf h y
swept entirely away. It is quite safe to sot this down as one of the greatest disasters that has ever S vis! hS^SSS^^
States. The lots of property is irreparable; the loss of life is appalling. Usited the Lnited
"G. B. DEALT. Manager Dallas News."
DVL.LJU*. i".t.. pepu w.— xne nrsi train
from Houston arrived at Dallas la^t
night aver the Houston And Dallas
Central. It left Houston yesterday
;: ¦ :"i a. m. and arrived here practically
':< -u »i--urs late. Wh'-n It left the Riutli
JVxii* city was desolate and devastated.
!uii<Mn&> bad been wrecked: roots had
-<?rn icrn off nnd hurled hundreds of feet
hroufiii ih<- air. The electric light plant
-.:'.rj been demolished «'m<l all night long
he rity li.'i'l l>»*' - n In darkness. I'pon this
ruin F. T. Woodward and J. L. A.
: : mas. both of Dallas, wore pa.-sengers.
!"i« fr.rTT.ijr spoul a thrilling and momor
ifcjp nf£til in the <*r.an<l Central station.
':.• frr;ii>hf.I the following graphic de
•¦:»iinn of_his experience:
"At jihout S:3o p. m. the wind, which for
ieveraj hours had r.eon Wowing at a
itti'dy K.»:t. Increased in violence and sipn
>'.nr<is aa'd nwr.ings wore torn from the-ir
inr.Siiyrs an«l whirls through tho air
Ike chaff. in company with about 150
Opera I was in thp Grand. Central depot,
tf < )i, standing Isolated, was exposed to
7' full Tor^fi of the hurricane and th»
Irst strong srust ini followed by a sound
;f shattering BlftFS.
"This was the beginning of a night of
.error. For seven hours the storm raced
AUSTIN. Tex.. Sept. 10.— When asked to-night by a representative of the Associated Press for an expression as to the
f.r.od fituation along the gulf coast. Governor Savers said: "I think it la the. most deplorable catastrophe in the
hiFtory of America, and I feel that every possible a»l should be lent tlio sufferers in their hour of great need. From
information received here I am led to think .that hundreds of families have cither lost their dear onos or been be
reft of thr-ir homes, and the case is one that will certainly appeal to every one. I havt- taken active steps to raise
relief for every one that can possibly be looked after. I have wired to all tho City Mayors and the County Judges
asking them u> secure aJl funds and provisions possible, and their replies to-night are very gratifying: The assistance
lent us by thr- Federal Government in the way of 50.000 rations and IOxi tents will add not "a little in aiding the situation
at pr'Ffv.t. Tho f, r pt duty, of course, will be to look after the living, thus.- thirstinp nr hungry, without Hthor water or
palatable food to out; but I think within a day or two wr- will have the relief corps working in good order. I will give
the matter my personal supervision and am conn-lent that we will sc-o to it that everybody Is looked after It will re
quire considerable money, however, to do all this. I have located several assistants and the Adjutant General is near
the scene of action, and they will ixrsonaJIy supervise the distribution. whil«> I remain here to answer all Inquiries."
"Such a night of agony has seldom been equaled. Without apparent reason
the water beean to subside at 1:45 a. m. Within two minutes it had gone
down two feet and before da'ylight the streets were practically freed of the
flood waters. In the meantime the wind had veered to the southeast. Very few
if any buildings escaped injury. There is hardly a habitable dry house in the
city. When the people who had escaped death went out at daylight to view
the work of the tempest and the floods they saw the. most horrible sight im
aginable. In the three blocks from avenue N to avenue P, on Tremont street. I
saw eight bodies. Four corpses were In one yard.
"Tht- whole of the business front for three blocks in from the gulf was
stripped of every vestige of habitation, the dwellings, the great bathing estab
lishments, the Olympla and every structure having been either carried out to
sea or Its ruins piled In a pyramid far into the town, according to the vagaries
of the tempest. *
"About noon It became evident that the city was going to be visited with
disaster. Hundreds of residences along the beach front were hurriedly aban
doned, the families fleeing to dwellings In higher portions of the city. Every
home was opened to the refugees, black or white. The wind was rising con
stantly and rain fell in torrents. The wind was so fierce that the rain cut like a
knife. By 3 o'clock the waters of the gulf and bay met and by dark the entire
city was submerged. The flooding of the electric light plant and the gas planis
left the city In darkness. To go out Into the streets was to court death. The
wind was then at cyclonic velocity. Roofs, cisterns, portions of buildings, tele
graph poles and walls were falling and the noise of the wind and the crashing
of the buildings was terrifying In the extreme. The wind and waters rose stead
ily from dark until "1:45 o'clock Sunday morning. During all this time the people
of Galveston were like rats In traps. The highest portion of the city was four
to five feet under water, while in the great majority of ease.* the streets were
submerged to a depth of ten feet. To'leave a house was to drown. To remain
was to court death in the wreckage. . . , \
gHUijujyjIHl m.i*jjm Ot'STON, Texas, Sept. 10. — Richard Splllane, a well-known
j2j ffi ¦ Galveston newspapvr man and day correspondent' of the As
* BcSXKlSS;* j seriated Press In that city, who reached Houston to-day
I J^! after a terrible experience, gives the following account of the
BfiMMa ' HrlWWWM disaster at Galveaion':
"One of the most awful tragedies of modern times has visited Galveston?
The city is in ruins and the dead will probably number a thousand. I am just
from the city, having been commissioned by the Mayor and citizens' committee to
get In touch with the outside world and appeal for help. Houston was the near
est point at which working telegraph instruments could be found, the v»lres as
well as nearly all the buildings between here and the Gulf of Mexico being
"When I left Galveston shortly before noon yesterday the people were or
ganizing for the prompt burial of the dead, distribution of food and all the nec
essary work ofter a period of disaster. The wreck of Galve&ton was brought
about by a tempest so terrlDlo that no words can adequately describe Its intensity
and by a flood which turned .e city Into a raging sea. The Weather Bureau
records show that the wind attained a velocity of eighty-four miles an hour
when the measuring instrument blew away, so It is impossible to tell what the
maximum was.
"The storm began about 2 o'clock Saturday morning. Previous .to that a
great storm had been raging in the gulf and the tide was very high. The wind
at first came from the north and was in direct opposition to the force from the
gulf. While the storm in the gulf piled the water upon the beach side of the
city the north wind piled the water from the bay on the bay part of the city.
Richard SpIHamie, the Correspoedeirat,
Gives a Thrill Itag Aceouiinit of ' the
Disaster amd Says the Dead
Will Number a ¦ Thousand. ¦
Galveston stands on the eastern end of a low, narrow, sandy island thirty
mllrs Ions, which .has been built up by surf and marine currents as a sort of
bre.-ikwatcr at the mouth of Galveston Bay. which is an inlet of the (Julf of
Mexico, thirty-flvo miles Ions and fifteen wide, with about sixteen feet of
water normally on the bar. The Island is not over throe fe^t above the sea
level on the average and nowhere over eight feet highland inundations from
both the sea and bay have occurred several times before, though happiiy
with little loss of life or property. A strong 1 wind either from the east or
northwest drives the water up into the streets, which, fronv the nature of
the place, are not much elevated. Two viaducts some three miles Ions carry
railroads which connect the Island city with the continental systems. Gal
veston In 1S0O had a population of about 30,000, which has Increased since to
some 3S.0O0.
WASHINGTON. D. C. Sept. IO. — Miss Clara Barton to-night issued the following appeal in bahalf
of the Texas sufferers:
"The National Bed Cross at Washington, Df C, is appealed to on all sides for help and
for the privileg-e to help in the terrible disaster which has befallen Southern and Central Texas. It re
members the floods of Ohio and Mississippi, of Johnstown and of Port R-cyal, with their thousands of
dead and months of suffering and needed relief, and turns confidently to the people of the United
States, whoss sympathy has never failed to help provide the relief that is asked of it now/Nineteen years
)f experience on nearly as many fields renders the obligations of the Red Cross all the greater. The peo
ple have long learned its vrorth and it must again open its accustomed avenues for their charities. It
does not beseech to give, for their sympathies are as deep and their humanity as great as its own, but
it pledges them faithful, old-time Red Cross relief work among the stricken victims of these terrible
fields of suffering and death. He gives twice who gives quickly. Contributions may be wired or sent
by mail to our treasurer, William J. Flather, assistant cashier Riggs National Bank, Washington, D. C.J
also to the local Red Cross committees of the Red Cross India famine fund at 156 Fifth avenue, New
York City, and the Louisiana Red Cross Society of New Orleans, bath of whom will report all dona
tions for immediate acknowledgment by us. CLARA BARTON,
President American National Red Cross.
Governor Savers appealed to President McKinley for aid. This appeal was met by a
prompt response from the President, who stated that 1000 tents and 50,000 rations had been or
dered to Galveston. Governor Savers also addressed an appeal to each municipality in the State
asking- for prompt assistance in caring for the sufferers.
Telegrams of inquiry and help have been pouring in throughout the day and night from
every State in the Union and in almost every instance substantial relief has been offered.
The stricken city is in imminent danger of a water famine and strenuous efforts are being
made here to supply the sufferer?. Relief trains are being organized and will leave here at an early
hour to-morrow.
Reports from the interior confirm the loss of life and destruction .of property reported in
these dispatches last night.
The burial of the dead has already begun. The list of the dead as given to the Associated
Press to-night by the Galveston News is only a partial one and the names of all who perished in
Saturday's great storm will never be known.
At the army barracks near San Antonio a report is current that more than 100 United
States soldiers lost their lives in Galveston. The report, however, lacks confirmation.
To-day a mass-meeting was held and liberal contributions were made for the immediate re
lief of the destitute.
I 'in^-HHl Mlfc/m OUSTOX, Tex., Sept. io. — The first reports from the appalling;: disaster which
; murwrari | j ias stricken the city of Galveston do not seem to have been magnified. Com-
E^^H mud&tm niunication was had with the island city to-day by boats and reports received here
to-night indicate that the death list will exceed 1500, while the property loss cannot be estimated,
although it will reach several million dollars.
Prompt Responses to the Appeal Sent
Out fey the Governor of Texas—Con
servative Estimates Place the Nlum
ber of Dead at 15©© aedl the Property
Loss Will Riao Up let© the MSIMoms.
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The San Francisco Call.

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