The great Galveston disaster, containing a full and thrilling account of the most appalling calamity of modern times including vivid descriptions of the hurricane Page: 86
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Vivid Pictures of Suffering in Every Street and House-The
Gulf City a Ghastly Mass of Ruins-The Sea Giving Up
Its Dead-Supplies Pouring in from Every Quarter.
A S more definite information came from Galveston and the
other coast towns of Texas that were in the path of the
storm, the horrors of the situation increased. Most people
were inclined to look upon the first reports, made in a hurry and
in intense excitement, as grossly exaggerated, but the first reports
from Texas, far from being overdrawn, greatly understated the
destructive effects of the storm.
Thousands of persons lost their lives, and many thousands
more lost all their homes and all their possessions. A large population
was without shelter, clothing, food and medicine, in the
midst of scenes of wreck and ruin. The sanitary condition of
Galveston was appalling and threatened a season of pestilence.
TERRIBLE SUFFERINGS OF THE SURVIVORS.
The people were undergoing a period of the sharpest deprivation,
sickness prevailed, and intense suffering was in store for
them. The plight of the city and its inhabitants was such that it
would be impossible to exaggerate the picture, and demanded from
the prosperous and humane everywhere the promptest and most
abundant outpouring of gifts.
Food, clothing, household goods, provisions of every kind,
household utensils, medicines and money were needed by the
stricken city and its impoverished men, women and children.
There has been no case in our history which appealed more
strongly for sympathy and aid.
Former State Senator Wortham, who went to Galveston as the
special aid to Adjutant-General Scurry to investigate the conditions
there, returned to Austin and made his report. He said:
" I am convinced that the city is practically wrecked for all
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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, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/107/: accessed April 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .