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: 90
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90 THE GULF CITY A MASS OF RUINS.
" Galveston is beginning slowly to recover from the stunning
blow of last week, and though the city appears to-night to be pitilessly
desolated, the authorities and the commercial and industrial
interests are setting their forces to work, and a start has at least
been made toward the resumption of business on a moderate scale.
" The presence of the troops has had a beneficial effect upon
the criminal classes, and the apprehension of a brief but desperate
reign of anarchy no longer exists. The liquor saloons have at
least temporarily gone out of business, and every strong-limbed
man who has not his own humble abode to look after is being
pressed into service, so that, first of all, the water service may be
resumed, the gutters flushed and the streets lighted.
BODIES CONSTANTLY COMING TO LIGHT.
"The further the ruins are dug into the greater becomes the
increase in the list of those who perished as their houses tumbled
about their heads. On the lower beach a searching party found
a score of corpses within a small area, going to show that the bulwark
of debris that lies straight across the island conceals more
bodies than have been accounted for.
"Volunteer gangs continue their work of hurried burial of the
corpses they find on the shores of Galveston Island, at the many
neighboring points where fatalities attended the storm. It will
probably be many days yet, however, before all the floating bodies
have found nameless graves.
"Along the beach they are constantly being washed up.
Whether these are those who were swept out into the Gulf and
drowned or are simply the return ashore of some of those cast into
the sea to guard against terrible pestilence, there is no means of
knowing. In a trip across the bay yesterday I counted seven
,bodies tossing in the waves, with a score of horses and cattle, the
stench from which was unbearable. In various parts of the city
the smell of decomposed flesh is still apparent. Wherever such
instances are found the authorities are freely disinfecting. Only
to-day, a babe, lashed to a mattress, was picked up under a residence
in the very heart of the city and was burned.
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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/m1/111/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .