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BURNING THE RUINS AND THE DEAD. 117
" You hear of such incidents everywhere-on the street, in
the stores, around soda-fountains where crowds collect to quench
their thirst, since water is scarce and the saloons are closed for an
" Burial parties are organized at Virginia Point, Texas City,
Port Bolivar and down the island, and the bodies there are being
buried as rapidly as possible. Since something like order has
come out of chaos a stop has been put to the looting and desecration
of bodies at Virginia Point by the bands of ghouls that had
terrorized that point, and they have been dispersed.
MONEY CLINCHED IN DEATH GRIP.
Where the bodies are beyond identification and effects and
jewelry are found, these are removed, and a memoranda taken for
possible identification at some time by any one who is seeking a
lost relative or friend.
"A party that was picking up bodies for burial found the
corpse of a nephew of Alderman John Wagner, eighteen years
old, lodged in the forks of a tall cedar tree, two miles from his
wrecked home. Tightly clinched in his right hand was $200,
which his father had given him, with two twenty dollar gold
pieces, to hold while the father attempted to close a door, which
had blown open.
" At that moment the house went down and the whole family
except the father perished in the storm and flood. It would take
volumes to record the many heartrending incidents of this sort
and the heroism displayed during the fateful night of Saturday.
"The loss of life in this city is simply appalling. Every
little town within seventy-five miles of Galveston was wrecked
and torn and people were killed and wounded. The damage to
property will aggregate millions of dollars. The damage to
property in and around Alvin, a thriving town of two thousand
people, where eleven people were killed and a number wounded,
is estimated at $300,000, and they send out an urgent appeal for
aid and relief supplies."
" Captain Talfor, of the United States Engineer Corps, during
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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/m1/178/: accessed April 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .