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: 129
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Not a House in Galveston Escaped Damage-Young and
Old, Rich and Poor, Hurried to a Watery Grave-Citizens
with Guns Guarding the Living and the Dead.
THE all-absorbing story of the great flood is continued in the
following pages, with new and thrilling incidents. Best
informed residents of Galveston who have been over all portions
of the city estimate that from I200 to 1300 acres were swept
clear of habitation. It can be said that not one Galveston home
escaped without some damage.
Galveston's great open-air show-place was the Garten Verein.
There were various structures devoted to recreation which stood on
about seven acres of ground that had been brought to a degree of
perfection in gardening hardly credible when the foundation of
sand was remembered. Hundreds of oleander trees and flowerbeds
adorned the park. The Garten Verein was wiped out of
existence. Among the debris have been found many bodies.
SLOWLY RECOVERING FROM THE STUNNING BLOW.
Galveston is now 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. Plans for rebuilding the city are also discussed. 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. 19
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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/m1/160/: accessed July 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .