INCIDENTS OF THE iAWF'IL IttIIKRICANE. 5.
Additional details by tug from Galveston show that west of
Thirty-third street the storm swept the ground perfectly clear of
the residences that once stood upon it and piled them up in a conglomerated
mass five blocks back on the beach, strewing the
piling with the debris and the bodies of its many victims. Many
of these were lying out in the afternoon sun and were frightful
to look upon. The fearful work of the storm was not confined
to the district along the beach, but took in all the district in
the city and the Denver resurvey, but it was near to the beach
that most destruction to human life occurred.
The waves washed away the Home for the Homeless, and it
is thought that the inmates, consisting of thirteen orphans and
three matrons, were drowned. Out in the Denver resurvey the
destruction was terrible, and victims of the storm were many.
The government works were greatly damaged, the buildings on
the beach were washed out into the Gulf and their occupants are
thought to have perished.
COMMUNICATIONS ALL CUT.
In the north part of the west end the damage was great also,
almost every building being damaged to some extent, and many
completely wrecked. The cotton and lumber yards in that section
of the city were completely razed, and much valuable machinery
is ruined. However, the loss of life was not nearly so great in
that district as it was out towards the beach.
A special to the " News " from Galveston brought to Houston
by the tug " Brunswick" gave the following additional particulars
of the storm:
"The big iron oil tank of the Waters-Pierce Oil Company
was picked from the Fifteenth street pier and carried to Thirteenth
street. The old Union Depot, in recent years used as the office
of the superintendent of the wharf yards, was dashed to pieces,
as were numerous small frame buildings along the wharf front.
Men were sent out Sunday morning to report the condition of the
bridges across Galveston Bay, but were unable to reach them.
" Telegraphic communication was also cut off on Saturday.
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