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"It will take a week to tabulate the dead and the missing and
to get anything near an approximate idea of the monetary loss.
It is safe to assume that one-half the property of tile city is wiped
out, and that one-half of the residents have to face absolute poverty.
" At Texas City three of the residents were drowned. One
man stepped into a well by a mischance and his corpse was found
there. Two other men ventured along the bay front during the
height of the storm and were killed. There are but few buildings
at Texas City that do not tell the story of the storm. The hotel
is a complete ruin. The office of the Texas City Company was
almost entirely destroyed. Nothing remains of the piers except
" The wreckage from Galveston litters the shore for miles and
is a hundred yards wide. For ten miles inland from the shore it
is a common sight to see small craft, such as steam launches,
schooners 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 nliles up from La Marquet.
MULTITUDES SWEPT OUT TO SEA.
"From Virginia Point north and south along the bay front,
at such places as Texas City, Dickinson, Hitchcock, Seabrook,
Alvin and a dozen small intermediate points, the number of dead
bodies gathered up by rescue trains and sailing craft had reached
at noon more than 700. This is only a small scope of the country
devastated, and it is feared the death list from the storm will ultimately
show not less than 5000 victims. Hundreds have been
swept out to sea who will never be accounted for. Two mass
meetings were held at Dallas, and many thousands of dollars were
subscribed for the relief of the Texas Gulf coast storm sufferers."
The towns of Sabine Pass and Port Arthur, news from which
was anxiously awaited, passed through the terrific storm virtually
unscathed. At Port Arthur the water spread over the town, but it
did not reach a depth sufficient to destroy buildings. The town
pleasure pier was washed away completely, as was also the pier in
front of the Gales and Elwood Homes. The dredge Florida, prop-
Lester, Paul. The great Galveston disaster, containing a full and thrilling account of the most appalling calamity of modern times including vivid descriptions of the hurricane. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/. Accessed December 26, 2014.