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: 128
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1 IS HARROWING DETAILS OF THE DISASTER.
will run into the thousands. It will probably never be known
accurately how many perished in the track of last Sunday's storm.
Many bodies have been washed out to sea, and of the hundreds of
corpses that lay exposed in the streets and buried under fallen
buildings only a fraction will be identified.
" For the sanitary protection of the living it has been found
necessary to deny the dead an ordinary burial. A great city full
of prosperous people has been suddenly left without food, water,
clothing and all the daily necessaries of life. Worst of all, the
survivors are absolutely without means of recuperation from the
awful disaster that has overtaken them. They are totally dependent
upon the outside world for assistance.
RELIEF FOR TEXAS SUFFERERS.
"In the first steps of relief for those who have been stricken
our northern cities made a generous response to the call for aid.
The hearts of our citizens have been profoundly stirred, and they
have given out of hand without questioning or hesitancy. Everything
that would contribute to the care of the suffering and the
succor of the needy has been offered without stint. All alike have
come forward with their donations, rich and poor, according to
" From Philadelphia was dispatched a train of four cars
loaded with a quarter of million pounds of supplies furnished by
the people of that city for the relief of the distressed at Galveston
and along the Gulf coast. With the train went eight volunteer
nurses to care for the sick and injured. They will arrive on the
ground none too soon, for the local resources of Texas are being
"The supplies have been selected with judgment, so that
they will not suffer in transit and in distribution, and only nonperishable
goods have been chosen, for it will be weeks before the
stricken district will have strength to provide for itself. But
there will be time enough for future measures. It is the first aid
that counts. Our people have been doubly generous, because
they have not stood upon the order of their giving."
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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/m1/159/: accessed April 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .