The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 135
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HURRIED TO A WATERY GRAVE. 135
is yet six miles further to Virginia City and the bodies are thicker
where we are now than where they have been buried. A citizen inspecting
in the opposite direction reports dead bodies thick for
"The residents of this place have lost all, not a habitable building
being left, and they have been too busy disposing of the dead
to look after personal affairs. Those who have anything left are
giving it to others, and yet there is real suffering. -I have given
away nearly all the bread I brought for our own use to hungry
"Every ten feet along the wreck-lined coast tells of acts of
vandalism. Not a trunk, valise or tool chest has escaped rifling,
We buried a woman this afternoon whose fingers bore the mark of
a recently removed ring."
WASHED ACROSS THE BAY FROM GALVESTON.
B. F. Cameron, a lumber dealer of Stowell, Chambers County,
says that the relief party which went from Stowell to Bolivar, reported
to him that there was over Iooo dead bodies on the beach at
Bolivar, Yeast Bay, and in sight of the salt marshes which line the
bay. The party succeeded in burying only forty of the corpses.
The others are lying in the water and on land, decomposing in the
heat. Many of these bodies were evidently swept across the bay
In view of the completeness with which Galveston has been
destroyed by the storm, many believe the city will never be rebuilt.
The argument is that from its very location the city is ever in
danger of a similar visitation, and capital will be fearful of investment
where the danger is so constant.
There are many, however, who take the opposite view and say
that in no other place on the Gulf can there be found a location so
advantageous, and therefore, no matter if the risk be great, capital
will seek investment in Galveston, and the city will soon resume
her importance as a shipping port.
This sentiment is reflected in telegrams and verbal utterances,
some of which are here printed;
Here’s what’s next.
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