the fate that overtook the victims, and the agony of the living. It
tells of the heroic efforts of the survivors to save their homes and
families, and recover from the terrible blow.
It tells of a thousand of the dead towed out and buried at sea
and of many hundreds cremated on shore; of the vandals who
rushed in to strip lifeless bodies, unterrified by the scenes of horror
on every hand; of United States soldiers shooting the robbers
on sight and putting an end to their horrible sacrilege.
The story of the appalling horror, the oncoming of the
cyclone, the rising waters threatening the city, the inhabitants
overtaken by the flood and cut off from escape, thousands hurried
to death, chaos everywhere, recovery of bodies ravaged by thieves,
all this is vividly told in this volume.
The work contains thrilling stories by eye-witnesses. In this
volume the survivors speak for themselves. They tell of the sudden
danger that paralyzed thousands and made them helpless
against the onslaught of the tempest.
They tell of separation from
those who were attempting to
afford relief and how futile all efforts were against the fury of the
waves. They tell how their homes and places of business, their hospitals,
school-houses and churches were swept away as in a m.oment.
There were splendid examples of courage and heroism. The
graphic description of the great disaster contained in this book
thrills the reader. Amidst the alarm, the threatening death, the
overwhelming flood, he sees how nobly men struggled to save their
families and their fortunes. He seems to ride on the crest of the
waves and witness with his own eyes the terrible tragedy.
Our Government at Washington was quick to come to the
rescue. It ordered tents to be provided and issued rations by the
tens of thousands for the survivors. The chords of sympathy
which make all men akin vibrated through every part of the civilized
Thousands of helping hands were stretched out toward Galveston.
Millions of dollars were given for the relief of the suf
ferers. This volume is a complete and authentic account of thlgreat
calamity told by the survivors.
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 July 11, 2014.