The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 114
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114 HARROWING DETAILS OF THE 1)ISASTER.
debris is removed, the bodies taken out, removed to a safe distance
and around them is piled the removed debris, the whole saturated
with orl and fired. Identification is impossible. The bodies
being in all stages of putrefaction and giving a horrible stench,
it is a most sad and gruesome task. Perhaps some of the men
engaged in this work are unknowingly aiding ill destroying all
that is mortal of some loved one.
In gathering remains for interment a nephew of Alderman
john Wagner, a youth i8 years old, was found lodged in the
forks of a tall cedar tree, two miles from his wrecked home, and
tightly clenched with a death grip in his right hand $200, which
his father gave him, with two $20 gold pieces, to hold while the
father attempted to close a blown open door, when the house went
down and the whole family perished in the raging storm and
THE LOSSES OUTSIDE OF GALVESTON.
While the loss of life in this city will not fall below 5000
and may be many more, every little town within a radius of
seventy-five miles of Galveston was wrecked and people killed
and wounded, while the damage to property will aggregate over
$2,ooo,ooo. The damage to property in and around Alvin, a
thriving town of 2000 people, where eleven people were killed
and quite a number wounded, is estimated at $300,000, and
they send out an urgent appeal for aid and relief supplies.
Fifty-four houses were wrecked in Quintana and the debris
piled up in the streets. Fortunately, no lives were lost. The town
of Velasco, three miles above, on'the east side of the river, was
completely wrecked and nine killed, three being killed in the hotel,
which was badly demolished. Angleton, the county seat of Brazoria,
ten miles north of Velasco, was completely destroyed and
several lives lost and a number badly injured. The property loss
in these three towns and country adjacent thereto will be beyond
the ability of the people to repair.
Supplies for the relief of Galveston's sufferers are coming in
from every quarter as rapidly as the limited means of transporta-
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Lester, Paul. The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/137/: accessed October 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .