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THE W1XMTNGTON MESSENGER, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1900.
v . CITY OF GALVESTON REDUCED A Hurricane and a Tidal Wave Meet at That Point With Fear ful Results. LOSS OF LIFE AND PROPERTY APPALLING Estimates are that from 1,500 to 5,000 People Perish j and Half of the Property is Destroyed. The Fearful Havoc of tlio storm Which Struck the Texas (.'oast Saturday. The Hurricane strikes Calvestou and I'asses Inland Its Path Strewn With Dead Itodles and AVreekngeof Towns and Country IIouses-Galves-tou Kutlrely Cut On? From the Main land The City Submerged by a Tidal AVave-A Water Famine Imminent. Great Damage- to Shipping. Houston, Texas, September 10. Rich ard Spill-ane, a well known Galveston newspaper man, and day correspondent of the Associated Press in that city, who reached Houston today, after a terrible experience, gives the following account of the disaster at Galveston: "One of the most awful tragedies of modern times has visited Galveston. The city is in ruins and the dead will number probably 1,000. I am jut 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 nearest point at which working telegraph instruments could be found, the wires as well as nearly all the buildings between here and the gulf of Mexico being wrecked. "When I left Galveston shortly be fore noon yesterday the .people were organizing for the prompt burial of the dead, distribution of food and all necessary work after a period of dis aster. "The wreck of Galveston was brought about 'by a tempest so terrible that no words can adequately describe its in tensity and by a flood which turned the city into a raging sea. 'ine weather bureau records show that the wind at tained a velocity of eighty-four miles an hour when the measuring instru ment blew away, so it is impossible to tell what was the maximum. WIND AGAINST THE TIDE. "The storm began at 2 o'clock Satur day morning. Previous to that a great storm ha'd been raging in the gulf and the tide was over high. The wind at first came from the north and was in direct opposition to the force from the guif. While the storm in the gulf piled the wa'ter up on the beach beside the city, the north wind piled the water from the bay on the bay part of the city. About noon it became evident that the city was going to be visited with disaster. Hundreds of residences alons: the beach front were hurriedly abandoned, the families fleeing to dwellings in higher portions ot tne city. Every home was opened to the refugees, black or wliite. The winds were rising constantly and it rained in torrents. The wind was so fierce that the rain cut like la knife. WATERS MEET ACROSS THE CITY , - -xsy 6 ociock tne waieis and bay met and "by dark the entire . city was suomergeo. ane- nooums Ui j Vho -ltrio lisrht nlant and the gas plants left the city in darkness. To go upon the streets was to court death. The wind was then at cyclonic veloci ty, roofs, cisterns, portions of build ings, telegraph joles and walls were falling and the noise of the wind and the crashing of the buildings were ter rifying in the extreme. The .wind and waters rose steadily from dark until 1:45 o'clock Sunday morning. During all this time the people of Galveston wJere like rats in traps. "The highest portion of the city was four to five feet under water, while in the great majority of cases, 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. Such a night of agony has seldom been equaled. Wi'thout ap peurent reason the waters suddenly gan to subsid at 1:45 o'clock a. m. Within twenty minutes they had gone down two feet and before daylight the streets were practically free of the waters. In the meantime the wind had vered to the southeast. "Very few, if any buildings escaped injury. There is hardly a habitable house in the city. YVhsn tne peopit -who had escaped death went out at daylight to view the work of the tem pest and the floods they saw the most horrible sights imaginable. In the three blocks from Avenue N., to Ave nue P., in Tremont stree I saw eight bodies. Four corpses were in one yard. . . . "The whole of the business front for three blocks from the gulf was strip ped of every vestige of habitation, the -dwellings, the great 'bathing establish ments, the Olympia and every struc ture having ibeen either carried out fo sea or its rums piled in a pyramid far into the town, according .to the vaga ries of the tempest. THE ORPHANAGE COltLAPSED "The first hurried glance over the ,city showed that the aargest struc tures, supposed to be the most sub stantially built, suffered the greatest The Orphans home, Twenty- first -street and Avenue M, fell like a house of curds. How many dead children &,nd refugees are int the .ruins could not be ascertained. "Of the sick in St. Mary's infirma ary, together with the attendants, only eight are understood to have been saved. "The old womans home on Rosen- burg avenue collapsed, and the Rosen- 'burg school house is a mass of wreck- age. The Ball high school is but an .empty shell, crushed and broken. TO RUINS Every church in the city, with possi- bly one or two exception, is in ruins. NEARLY ALL THE SOLDIERS DEAD. "At the forts nearly all the soldiers are reported dead, they having been ' in tmporary charters which gave j them no protection against the tern- i pest or the flood. 'No report has been received from doubt, lost for there was no aid with in a mile. "The front, from end to end, is in ruins. Nothing: but piling and the wreck of great warehouses remain. The elevators lost all their upper worKs and their stocks are damaged by water. The life savin station at Fort Point was carried away, the crew ! being swept across the "Day fourteen in -aiiiouc- orpnan asyium awn tne ; ea tne iu:i coasc yesterday morning ti&a. gathered in the second story of island, but it seems impossible that wrought awful havoc in Texas. Re- I their house. The upper portion of the ! ft could have withstood the hurricane. ! ports are conflicting, but it is known j house was blown away and Mr. Wof- j If it fell ali the inmates were, no I that an appallinsr disaster has befal- miles to Texas City. I saw Captain : ceived tonight. James C. Timmons, Haines yesterday and he told me that j who resides in Houston, and who is his wife and one of his crew were i tne general superintendent of the Na drowned. j tional Compress Company, arrived in SHORE LINED WITH WRECKAGE. ! th f 8 o'clock tonight from Gal-n-u v. m . Vies ton. He Was one of the first to The shore at Texas City contains i reaoh here with tidings of the great enough wreckage to rebuild a city, i disaster which has ibefallen that city. Eight persons who were swept across j and the magnitude of that disaster the bay during the storm were picked ! remains to be told because of his en up there alive. Five corpses were also j deavors to reach home. After remain- inceu up. xnere were three tatallties in Texas City GRAVES GIVE UP THllK DEAD. "In addition to the living and the dead which the storm cast up at Texas City, caskets and coffins trom one of : fished out f th water thpm x-trAv i In th husin5 nmrtinn nf tha -it,r ' large brick buildintrs one occuDied bv ' Knapp Brothers, and the other by the i rv 1 1 - n rvoVinn t 41 1116 : Cotton Exchange saloon tn about fifteen persons Most of them escaped. j Up to the time I left Galveston three j dead had been taken from the ruins. How many more corpses are there will not be known until the search is fin- ished. The cotton mills, the bagging fac- ; hour, straight from the gulf, and forc tory. the gas works, the electric light ing the sea water before it in big works and nearly all the industrial es- 1 waves. The gale was a steady one, tabhshments of the city are either j the heart of it striking the city about wrecked or crippled. The nood left a . 5 o'clock yesterday evening and con- Mime aoout one men deep over the . tinued without -intermission until mid whole city and unless fast progress is j night last night, when it abated some- made in burying corpses and carcasses of animals there is danger of pesti lence. MIRACULOUS ESCAPES. Some of the stories of the escapes are miraculous. Wilhain Nisbett, a cotton man, was buried in the ruins of the Cotton Exchange saloon and when dug out in the morning ha no further "uurj- than a few bruised fingers "Dr. S. O. Young, secretary of the cotton exchange, was knocked sense less when his house collapsed, but was revived by the water and was carried ten blocks by the hurricane. "A woman who had Just given birth to a child was carried from her home to a house a block distant, the men who w - - UUVUltl kllC were carrying her having to hold her hi&h above tneir heads as the Water was five feet deep when she was moved Many storis were current of houses falling and inmates escaping. Clar ence N. Oustry, editor of The Evening Tribune, had his family and the fami lies of two neighbors in his house when the lower half crumbled and the upper part slipped down into the water. Not one in the house was hurt. "Of the Lavine family six out of seven are reported dead. Of the Bur nett family,- only one is JlKswa to have been saved. The family of Stanley G. Spencer, who met death in the cotton exchange, is reported to be dead. "The Mistrot house in the westend was turned into a hospital. All of the regular hospitals of the city were un available. "Of the new Southern Pacific works little remains but the pling. Half a million feet of lumber was carried away and Engineer Boschko says, as far as the company is concerned it might as well start over again. OCEAN STEAMERS STRANDED. "Eight ocean steamers were torn from their moorings and stranded in tnet ay. The Kendal Castle was car- , ried over the flats of the Thirty-third street wharf to Texas City 'and lies in the wreckage of the Inman pier. The Norwegian steamer Gyller is stranded between Texas City and Virginia Point. An ocean liner was swirled around through the west bay, crash- Ied through the bay bridges and s now lying in a few feet of water inear the wreckage of the railroad bridges The steamship Taunton was carried across ten miles up the east bay. The Mal lory steamer was torn from her wharf and dashed upon Pellican flats and against the bow of the British steam er Red Cross, w hich had previously been hurled there. The stern of the Alamo 49 stove in and the bow of the Red Cross is crushed. Down the chan nel to the jetties two other ocean teamships lie grounded. "Some schooners, barges and smaller craft are strewn bottom side up along the ships of the piers. The tug Lou ise of the Huston Direct Navigation Company is also a wreck. "It will take a 1 week to tabulate the dead and the missing and to get anything near an approximate Idea of the monetary loss. HALF OF THE PROPERTY OF THE CITY DESTROYED. 'It is safe to assume Ithat one-half , of the property of the cfity Is wiped out and one-half of the residents have to face absolute poverty, "At Texas City, three of the Iresi- dents were drowned. One man, stepp ed Into a well by a mischance and his coruse was found there. Two other men ventured along the bay front duriner the height of the storm and were killed. There are but buildings at Texas City that do not tell the story of the storm. The hotel is a complete ruin. The officeo f the Texas City Company was almost entirely , destroyed. Nothing remaining of the ; piers except the piling. The .wreckage : from Galveston litters the shore for : miles and is a hundred yards or more wide. VESSELS MILES INLAND. For ten miles inland from the shore It is a common sight to see siuail craft, such as steam launches, schoon ers and oyster sloops. The life boat ; of the life saving station was carried ; half a mile inland, while a vessel that was anchored in Moses bayou lies high and dry five miles up from Lamarque." ? (Sunday NigWt's Dispatches.) New York, September 9. The World tomorrow will print the fallowing: Austin, Texas, September 9. Infor mation has Just reached me that about 3,000 lives have been lost at Galveston, with enormous destruction to property No information from other points. JOSEPH D. SAVERS, Governor. Chicago, September 9. A to The Chronicle from San A ?;fn Antonio. Texas, says: The startling news has just flashed over the wire informing J. D. Sayers that a messenger at great risk of his life has just reached Vir ginia Point from Galveston with the w tr pi-uutui ueua tl tvsill.t rT tht fearful fnnm A r nr- gent appeal to all Texas is made for help. The messenger said that the grain elevators at the water front are wrecked and hundreds of buildings have collapsed or were carried out to Bea- The STeaest distress is said to prevail. Houston, Texas, September 9, 10 p. m The West Indian storm which reach- len the ity of Galveston, where it is ; reported, a thousand or more lives 1 have been blotted out and a 'tremen dous property damage incurred. Mea gre reports from Sabine Pass and Port Arthur are -also indicating a heavy i loss 01 lire, dux tnese reports cannot De nfcrmed at this hour. The first news to reach this city from the stricken city of Galveston was re- insr hmn?h .the .hniriMn rf Stnr- day, he departed from Galveston on a schooner and came across the bay to Morgan's Point, where he caught a train ifor Houston. The hurricane, ir- iimmons saia. was tne worst ever Th estimates made by citizens of Galveston were that 4,000 houses, most of tnem residences, have been destroy- zr anr oeen u n n t n me business nouses were aiso ae stroyed, 'bult most of them stood. though 'badly damaged. The city, Mr. Timmons avers, is a complete wreck, so far a he could see from the water front and from the Tremont hotel. Waiter was iblown over i the island by ithe hurricane, the wind I hi ow liner 'at the- r.tti nf Sift rmllo-a nor wlhalt, although it continued all night. Of his knowledge, Mr. Timmons knew of only one house succumbing r with fatal results, though he heard of many residences being carried away with inmates. The house that he saw destroyed was Ritter's saloon and res taurant, at 2109 Strand street, a prin cipal business street of the city. This three-story (building was blown down and nine men, (prominent citizens, were killed. Among the dead are: Charles Kelner, Sr., a cotton buyer for an English (firm; Stanley S. Spencer, a general manager of the Elder-Dempster Stemship line; Richard Lord, manager of .McFadden's Cotton Com pany, whose body is still in the ruins. It is reported that the orphan asylum and both hospitals were destroyed.and if this proves true the loss of life will be great, as these institutions were generally crowded, and as they were substantial buildings the chances are that many had taken refuge in them. The water extended across the island Mr. Timmons said it was three feet deep in the rotunda of the Tremont hotel and was six feet deep in Market street. Along the water front the damage was very great. The roofs had been blown from all the elevators, and the sheds along the .wharves were either wrecked or had lost their sides and were of no protection to -the contents. Most of the small sailing crafts were wrecked and were either piled up on the wharves or floating side up in the bay. There is a small steamehip ashore three miles north of Pilican island, but Mr. Timmons could not distinguish her name. She was flying a "British flag. Another big vessel has heen driv en ashore at Virginia Point and still another is aground at Texas city. At the south point of Houston island an unknown ship lies in a helpless con dition. The lightship that marks Galveston bar is hard and fast aground at Bolli var Point. Mr. Timmons and the men with him on the schooner rescued two sailors from the middle bay who had been many hours in the water. The?? men were fo;eign-ers a:ii he could gain no Information from them j A wreck of a vessel which looked I like a large steam tug was observed Just before the pJLTtjr itanded. In t'n j bay the canwspa of nearlv 200 horses i and mules were seen. Ibut no human body was visible. The scenes during the storm, Mr, Timmons said, could not be described. Women and chil dren were crowded into the Themont hotel, where he was seeking shelter, and all night these unfortunates were bemoaning their loes of kindred and fortune. They were grouped about the stairways and "the galleries and rooms of the hotels. ."What was oc curring In the other parts of the city he could only conjecture. The city of Galveston, he says is now entirely submerged and cut Off from communication. The boats are gone; the railroads cannot be operat ed and the water is so high people can not .walk out iby way of the bridge across the bay even should that bridge be standing. Provisions will be badly needed as a great majority of the people lost all they had. The - waterworks power ! house was wrecked and water famine as threatened, as the cisterns were all ruined, (by the" overflow of salt wa- ter. This, Mr. Timmons regards as the most serious problem to 'be faced now. The city is in darkness, the electric plant having been ruined. There is no way of estimating the property damage at present. So far as 'he could see or hear, Mr. Timmons says the. east end portion of the city, which Is the resi dent district, has been practically wiped out of existence. On the west end, which faces the rul' on another portion of the island, much havoc was done. The beach has been swept clean The bath houses are destroyed and many of the residences are total wrecks. A TALE OP DEATH AND DESTRUCTION. Houston, Texas, September 9. A train came In on te Columbia Tap rail- ! road this afternoon and its crew tells a story of death and deflation in the country through which they passed. Conductor Ferguson states that houses, barns, crops and orchards have been destroyed and great damage has been done. A. L. Forbes, postal clerk, re ported that at Oyster creek the train crew "and passengers heard cries com ing out of a pile of debris. Several persons answered the cries and found a negro woman fastened under a roof They pulled her out and she informed her rescuers that there were others un der the roof. A further search resulted colored persons. -n-V, v, J : ,1 all the churches, the Jail and a number I of houses had been blown down. Three ? fatalities are known to have occurred ! at Anerleton. hut the train stonned there only a few minutes and the num ber killed or their names couldn not be learned. " A -A. a i . . m a. . 1 AUKieion tne conductor uecidea to return to Houston, so that the extent of damage beyond Angleton is not known. On the return trio the crew saw the debris of dozens of demolished houses. ! At Sandy Point several persons were . Three persons were drowned at Mor badly injured, but no fatalities were ' gan's ixint and others are missing, reported. '. With the exception of those of Messrs. At Areola n familv named Wofford Nicholson and Mrs. Jane Woodlock, The hurricane was particularly severe at Brookshire. 27 miles west of Hous ton on the Missouri. Kansas and Texas railroad. Four dead bodies have been taken from debris of wrecked houses anj jt is believed others have been killed. It is reported that only four houses are left standing in Brookshire. which had a population of six hundred persons. The names of the dead at Rr-ifshir cannot be learned tonight. T.atfr T-Arkorta iwp!vi f rvrm iivin state that many persons were killed thre. Eleven bodies have been recov ered. At Seabrook Mrs. Jane Woodstock was killed by a falling house; Mrs. Nicholson and Louis Broquet were drowned. S. K. Mclnhenny, wife and daughter, and Mrs. LeRoy and two children are missing. They are known to have been in their cottags, which were destroyed. The dead body of a sailor was found under a cottage. J At Brazoria six people were killed by falling houses or were drowned last night, Including George Duff, son of Hon. J. F. Duff. Judge Duff was him- ; self severely injured. Reports state j that only the court house and two other A report from Chenango says that j eight people were killed. GALVESTON ENTIRELY ISOLATED St. Louis. September 9. The office of the Western1 Union Telegraph company In this city is besieged with thousands of inquiries as to the extent and re sult of the terrible storm that cut off Galveston. Texas, of communication from the rest of the world yesterday. Rumors of the most dire nature come from that part of Texas, some of them even intimating that Galveston has been entirely wrecked and that the bay is covered with the dead bodies of Its residents. Nothing definite, how ever, can be learned, as the gulf city is entirely isolated, not even railroad trains being able to reach it. All 'the telegraph wires to Galveston are gone south of Houston, and to accentuate the serious condition of affairs, it is stated the cable lines between Galves ton and Tampico and Coatzacoalcos, Mex.. are severed, at least no commu nication over them is possible at the present time. The Western Union has a large number of telgraph operators and linemen waiting at Houston to go to Galveston, but It is impossible to get them there. At present a severe storm of wind and rain prevails around Dallas, but the wires are still working to that point. San Antonio is being reached by El Paso. In the extreme southwestern portion of the state, a procedure made necessary by the prevailing storm which centers around Dallas. Houston Texas, September 9. The storm that raged along the coast of Texas last night was the most disas trous that has ever visited this section. The wires are down and there is no MJL WOtiffEEt m A druggist Jn Macon, Ga., saya: "I have sold a large quantity of Mother's Friend, and nave never known an in stance where it has failed to produce the good results claimed for it. All women agree that it makes labor shorter and leu painful." Mother's Friend is not a chance remedy. Its good effect are readily experienced by all evp-ctam mothers who use it. Years ago it passed the experimental stage. While it alwayi shortens labor and lessens the pains of delivery, it is aso of the greatest benefit during the earlier months of pregnancy. Morning sickness tnd nervousness are readily overcome, and the liniment relaxes the strained muscles, permitting, them to expand without causing distress. Mother's Friend gives great recuperative power ts the mother, and her recovery is sure and rapid. Danger from rising and swelled breasts is done away with completely. Sold by &ruzzf for $1 bottle THE BRADFIELD REGULATOR CO. ATLANTA, OA. way of finding out Just what has hap- - orwmrfi is known to make It certain that there has been great loss of life and destruction of property all along the coast and for a hundred miles inland. Every town that Is 1 reacnea reports one or more aeaa the property damage is so great that there is no way of computlng.it accu rately. , Galveston remains isolated. The Houston Post and the Associated Press made efforts to get special trains and I tugs today with which to reach the island city. The railroad companies declined to risk their locomotives. All sorts of rumors prevail but with no substantial basis. It is known that tne rauroaa Drwges across me i- Giveston are either wrecked or are HKiy to be destroyea wjtn tne weign of a train on them; the approaches to rendered useless. The bridge of the Galveston. Houston and Northern rail- road is standing, but the drawbridges over Clear creek and at Edgewater are gone and the road cannot get trains through to utilize the bridg across the bay. A train went down the Columbia Tap road this morning as far as Chen ango Junction, The town was greatly damaged and the bodies of nine ne groes were taken from the ruins of one house. The train could proceed no fur thr and came back to Houston, leaving the fate of the peole at Angleton. Co lumbia, Brazora, Velasco and Quin- tana uncertain, The small town of Brookshire vn the Missouri, Kansas and Texas was al- most wiped out by the storm, me crew of a work train brought this In formation. When the train left three bodies of four persons had been recov ered and the search for others was preceding-. Hempstead, across the river from Brookshire. was also greatly damaged. but so far as known no lives were lost. the bodies or the dead nave not yei been identified. In Houston one person was killed- Henry Black, a hackdriver. The prop erty damage is great, a conservative estimate placing it at $250,000, TOWN OF ALVIN GONE Houston, Texas., September 9. Mea gre reports are arriving here from 'the country between Houston and Galves ton along the line of the Santa Fe railroad. The tornado was the most destructive in tne nistory oi me cu.!.. The 'town of Alvin is reported to be practically demolished. Hitchcock has suffered severely from the storm, while 'the little town of Alma Loma is repented without a house standing. i The town or pean nos jost one nan ! of its ibuildings. ! L. B. Carlton, president of the .bus iness (league or Aivm and a prominent. merchant there reports that not a building is left standing in the town. Alvin is a town of about 1,2000 inhabitant. Seven ipersons were killed in and near the town. SITUATION AT GAIL.VESTOX. Dallas, Texas, September 9. 3 p. m. Telegraphic communication with south Texas is cut off about 100 miles north of Houston. Up to -this hour it has been impossible to obtain reliable news from Galveston as to the extent of the hurricane in that section. Humors of dire disaster are flying thick and fast without being in any way authenticat ed. All that is known is that the dis aster has occurred, but its extent Is not known. The last wire the Wes tern Union had to Houston went down at 1:30 this morning. This wire was used by the Associated Press, and was working so badly at that hour that whatever information Houston had to impart could not be made out. The storm centre is rapidly approaching northern Texas and its fury wrecks all telegraph lines in its ivath, loing vast damage and killing people in scat tered territories. The conditions at Galveston and Houston are undoubtedly grave. The four immense 'bridges, from four to six miles each in length, connecting Gal veston with the mainland, are either wholly or partilly destroyed. A private message from San Anto nio states that a serious disaster oc curred at Corpus Christi, Itockport and other coast towns, the nature of which cannot be described. All the railroads southward from Dallas at noon issued a ibullotin in structing their agents 4o discontinue the sale of tickets or accepting freight for the south until further orders.. All the efforts to reach Sabine Pass and Port Arthur have failed. LIFTED PROM THE TRACK. Houston, September 9. The Santa Fe train, which left here at 7:55 Sat urday night was wrecked at a point about two miles norh of Alvin. Mrs. Prather of Rosenberg, Texas, was kill ed and several were injured. The train was running slowly when it encoun tered the heavy etorm. It is reported that the train was literally lifted from the track. Mrs. Prather was thrown across the car and half way through a window. '"When the cars was reached it was found that her head had heen under water and she was drowned. RELIEF TRAIN BLOCKED. Dallas, Texas, September 9. The fol lowing telegram was received from Houston by The News: "Relief train just returned. It could get no closer than six miles of Virgin ia Point, where the prairie was cover ed with lumber, debris, pianos, trunks and dead bodies. Two hundred corpses were counted from the train. A large steamer is stranded two miles this side of Virginia Point, as though thrown up by a tidal rwave. "Nothing can be seen of Galveston. Two men were picked up who floated across to the mainland. They say they estimate the loss of life up to the time they left at 2.000." The above message is addressed to Superintendent Vaughan, manager of the Western Union telegraph office at Houston. OTHER TOWNS DESTROYED, j New Orleans, September 9. A spe cial rrom Houston, Texas, says: In relief train which Conductor Powers brought from Virginia Point tonight was his own. son, who lay In the bag gage car a corpse. Powers was an employe of the G. II. and 11. company j at Virginia Point as baggage watch man, and was 20 years of age. He had distinguished himself as a rife saver at Texas City and bad worked dili gently on the work of rescuing peopSe. Conductor Powers reports that the two freight trains, one on the I and G. iN., the other on the M. K. and T.. which left Houston at 10:30 Saturday morning, arrived at Virginia Point in wtu-tiy out oouia get. no xurtner xnan that point, in (the storm Saturday they were both overturned and the cars washed entirely fCftth-e right of way, the crews escapee surd they set about at 'once In the work of rescu- ing people who lived there. Up to yes- terday they had recovered twenty-five bodies, ten of whom were women, and the work is still going on. Mr. G. CRoeslng, a contractor who lives in the tBrixner addition came In from Genoa, where he has 'been con- i struct Ing a school huilding, reports ' that every huilding in the town was x S f A fx f f f"? A VL-Gfv II 1 J , ' . . gOOa digestion; SOUnd Sleep; a . . . line appeillt auu a. ripe Old HTC, are some of the results of the use of Tutt s Liver Pills. A single dose will convince you of their ir..1 fru wu,lucllul wuuc a ts C?- J tVllOWrl tHCt absolute CUre for Sick hcad- ache, dvspepsia, malaria, SOU7 StOmach.dizzineSS, Constipation blllOUS fever, DlcS, torpid llVCr . and all Kindred CllSCaseS. . . . . m m m lutt's Liver Fills blown down and made a total wreck with but one or two rrtle excep tions. He stated that the people ther are in destitute circumstances for the most part and are really in nH-I of help from the pvopl of Houston. A STATEMENT FROM GAI.VKSTON Mr. Joyce, another refugee from Gal veston, makes the following state ment: "The wind was blowing Satur day afternoon and night at about s- v- enty-flve miU an hour, blowing the water from the gulf and completely covering the city. The jeoplo of Gal veston did not think it was much at first and kept within hir houses; con sequently, when the wind began blow ing as it did and the watvr dahel against the houses, completely demol ishing them, many lives were lost. I have no idea how many lives were lot, but think there will be several thou sand deaths reported, besides many people will know nothing about. "I was in the storm which struck Galveston in 1ST5. but that one, bad as it was, was nothing in comparison with Saturday's. It will 0e hard to tell how much damage was done in the city, but it will be something terrible. The gulf and bay were full of wreck age of every description, and Lt eem as if every frame house In the town must have been blown down and knocked to pieces. Judging frm the amount of driftwood there is fluting about. I am going back to Galveston just as soon as I can to llnd my sis ter's body and that of her ohlMren. and shall find them if I have to walk over the island to do It." SABINE PASS AND PORT ARTHUR Atlanta, September 9. A special to The Constitution from Beaumont. Texas, says it is reported there that the city of Sabine Pass was complete ly destroyed by the Lorm. The hurri cane was the worst ever known. Memphis, Tenn., September 9. A special from New Orleans states that a message was received this evening fixing the loss of life at Galveston tit 2,600. The message came by cable from Vera "Cruz. Memphis. Tenn., September 9. A special to The commercial -Apieal from New Orleans says: Advices regarding the awtful effects of the torm which has been raging the gulf coast of Tex as are Just begining to arrive, and the story they tell is fraught with horror. First in importance is the news that Galveston was struck by a tidal wave and that the loss of iife there was be tween 2,500 and 3,000. The water is fifteen feet deep over Virginia Point. Every effort Ls being made out of New Ork-ans to get tele graphic or cable communication with the wrecked city but to no avail. One message was received this evening fixing the loss of life at 2.600. It came by cable from Vera Cruz and was later confirmed in a general way. Great damage and considerable loss of life is reported along the line of the Missouri. Kansas and Texas railroad. The last news received from Sabine Pass was yesterday at noon and at that hour the town was entirely sur rounded by water. The storm had not then reached its height nor had the tidal wave come which is reported to have swept Galveston. A fTa Irs In Germany. (Copyright by Associated Press.) Berlin, September 8. The emperor and empress of Germany were festive ly received in Stettin where, yesterday evening, the whole harbor and the river shore for miles were gorgeously Illumi nated. The Catholic national convention was held this week at Bonn. Important matters were transacted. The conven tion passed a resolution In favor of the government giving suffering German agriculture a large tariff of protection In the coming commercial treaties, al? urging the readmisslon of the Jesuits to Germany and favoring the main tenance of the Catholic missions la China. The Prussian government has issued Instructoins permitting convicts, in gangs of from twelve to thirty, to as sist int reaping the harvests through out the kingdom, owing to the scarci ty of labor. A bill has been prepared by the Prussian government diet, providing heavy penalties for breach of contract by rural laborers. Prussia has begun negotiations with the rest of the German stat- ex tend the reduction of the ' railroad tariff on foreign coal uniformly throughout the empire. Manchester Mill Clo!n Down London, September 8. Manchester today reports that the cotton mills are closing in large numbers In the dis tricts manipulating American cotton. The position grows more acute dally. The Manchester Guardian explains that a great part of the little cotton at Liverpool Is found to be of inferior quality and prices are too high to make spinning profitable with yarn and cloth at their present values. "New York and Manchester." the paper continues, "are engaged In a game of pull, and the resolution of the spin ners Is Manchester's answer to the corner, if there ls tone, at Xew York, in the interest of the LancasKire in dustry. We may hope lt will still far ther discourage the bulls and speedily cneapen coton. Brave Men Fall Victims to stomach, liver and kidney troubles as well as women, and all feel tne results lc loss of appetite, poisons in tne Diooa, backache. nervousness. I headache and tired, listless, run-down 1 reeling. But there's no need to reel like that. Listen to J. W. Gardner, IdavUle. Ind. He says: "Electric Bit ters are Just the thing for a man when he ls all run down, and don't car whether he lives or It did more I to give me new strength and good ap- petite than anything I ton Id take. 1 raw now est anythins and have a ne lease on life." Only 50 cents, at R. R. Bellamy's Drug Btore Every bot tle guaranteed. Bryan was the guest yesterday of the iebraska Bryan club, of Chicago,