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BURNING THE RUINS AND THE DEAD.
day. There must be hundreds of dead bodies back on the prairies
that have not been found. It is impossible to make a search there
on account of the debris. There will be many a skeleton of vicvims
of the disaster found on the prairie in the months and years
" Bodies have been found as far back from the present mainland
shore of the bay as seven miles. That embraces a big territory
which is covered with rank grass, holes filled with water and
piles of debris. It would take an army to search this territory on
THE GULF FULL OF BODIES.
" The waters of the Gulf and bay are still full of bodies, and
they are being constantly cast upon the beach. On my trip to
and from the quarantine station I passed a procession of bodies
going seaward. I counted fourteen of them on my trip from the
station, and this procession is kept up day and night. The captain
of a ship who had just reached quarantine informed me that
he began to meet floating bodies fifty miles from the port.
" As an illustration of how high the water got in the Gulf, a
vessel which was in port tried to get into the open sea when the
storm came on. It got out some distance and had to put back.
It was dark and all the landmarks had been obliterated. The course
of the vessel could not be determined, and she was being furiously
driven in toward the island by the wind. Before her course could
be established she had actually run over the top of the north jetty.
As the vessel draws twenty-five feet of water some idea can be obtained
as to the height of the water in the Gulf."
They marry and are given in marriage. A wedding took
place in Galveston. It occurred at the Tremont Hotel. Ernest A.
Mayo, a lawyer, and a candidate for Prosecuting Attorney, was
the bridegroom. Mrs. Bessie Roberts was the bride. The engagement
was of long standing. Both suffered much from the
storm. They decided that it was better to cast their fortunes
together. Friends approved. The ceremony took place on
Thursday, the I3th, five days after the flood.
Governor Sayres was advised on the fourteenth that a gov-
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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/m1/190/: accessed April 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .