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: 111
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HARROWING DETAILS OF THE DISASTER. 111
we went to Mrs. Brown's. All the rest of our clothes are
"We did not see any of the negroes stealing, as mother kept
us in the house all the time, but we could hear the shots. They
commenced this dastardly work Sunday night. The ghouls are
composed of negroes and foreigners. We did not get very frightened
when people kept coming to us for help the night of the
storm. All we could do was to thank God that He had given
us a place of shelter which we could share with those less
THREATENED WITH PESTILENCE.
A visitor to the stricken city made the following report:
"Galveston's stress and desolation grows with each recurring
hour. Pestilence, famine, fire, thirst and rapine menace the
stricken city. Each refugee from the storm-lashed island brings
tidings which add to the tale of the city's woe.
" Of the dead that lie in piles in the desolated streets and dot
the waters that girdle the city, the true number will never be
known. All estimates of the total of the victims of Saturday's
night's tempest must be qualified with the mark of interrogation.
It is not conjecture to say that the death roll in Galveston alone
will hardly fall short of 5000. Sober-sensed men, who have
brought to the outer world conservative accounts of sights and
scenes in the hapless city, say that there are Io,ooo dead people
within a half dozen miles of Galveston's centre. No one disputes
that the storm victims number the half of Io,ooo.
"Men who have lived through the yellow fever scourge in
New Orleans and other Southern cities, where the dead in the
streets were more numerous than the living, hold those horrors
lightly in comparison with the conditions that exist in Galveston.
" In devious ways news of the situation that confronts the
living in Galveston comes to this city. There is no telegraphic
communication with the island. There is no train service.
Boats are plying at irregular intervals across the bay. No one
in the city has time to send forth to the world more than meagre
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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/m1/134/: accessed April 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .