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MR8. BAXTER and child, all lost in MuU'i store. MRS. DUDLEY BELL, wife of a Galveston News compositor. WILL J. RICE, proofreader of the New3, and child. MRS. CLAUD J. FORDTRAN' and sister. MISS HELEN SOMERS. 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 escaped. MRS. J. B. TREADWELL and Infant. MRS. C. T. CLARK and Infant. MRS. A. LONGNECKER. MRS EEVERIDCE and two children. MRS. GEORGE M. SCHROEDER and four 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 Houston: 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. ALFRED DAY. 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. t MISS IDA SCOFIELD. AH the Occmpamts of Some Build- Ings Perish and Their Bodies Carried Away Amid the Swirl- Ing Debris. PARTIAL LIST OF THE VICTIMS OF DISASTER 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." .¦'.•:¦:• :¦¦¦.:¦ — — • . EXAGGERATED ESTIMATES OF THE LOSS OF LIFE 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. __ . COLORADO CONTRIBUTES. 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." NIGHT OF TERROR SPENT IN A TEXAS RAILROAD DEPOT 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 ESTIMATES THAT PLACE THE LOSS OE LIFE AT FROM 15OO TO 5OOO 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. * FEW BUILDINGS ESCAPE INJURY. "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. . . , \ HUNDREDS OF RESIDENCES ABANDONED. 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 wrecked. "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. ¦ DARKNESS ADDS TO HORRORS AT GALVESTON VIEWS IX GALVESTON AND MAP SKOTVIXG THE LOCATION' OP THE CITY ON THE ISLAND, AT THE MOUTH OF THE BAY. 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. MOST DEPLORABLE CATASTROPHE IN THE HISTORY OF AMERICA 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. RED CROSS WORKERS TO HELP AFFLICTED 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. EVERY STATE IN THE UNION READY TO AID SUFFERERS OF GALYESTON DISASTER VOLUME I.XXXVIII— NO. 103. PRICE FIVE CENTS. SAN FRANCISCO, TUESDA^, SEPTEMBER 11, 1900. Continued on Fifth Pajr*. The San Francisco Call.