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1URNIN., THE RUINS AND THE DEAD. IVt
animals and the bodies of hundreds of human beings. The salt
marshes presented an indescribable sight. Nude forms of human
beings, that had been swept across the bay were scattered everywhere.
No man could count them without going insane. It
looked like a graveyard, where all the tenants of the tombs had
been exhumed and the corpses thrown to the winds."
SOME WONDERFUL ESCAPES.
There were many wonderful incidents of the great storm.
In the infirmary at Houston was a boy whose name is Rutter. He
was found on Monday morning lying beside a truck on the land
near the town of Hitchcock, which is twenty miles to the northward
of Galveston. This boy is only 12 years old. His story is
that his father, mother and two children remained in the house.
There was a crash and the house went to pieces. The boy says
that he caught hold of a trunk when he found himself in the water
and floated off with it. He thinks the others were drowned. With
the trunk the boy floated. He had no idea of where it took him,
but when daylight came he was across the bay and out upon the
still partially submerged mainland.
When their home went to pieces the Stubbs family, husband,
wife and two children, climbed upon the roof of a house floating
by. They felt tolerably secure, when, without warning, the roof
parted in two places. Mr. and Mrs. Stubbs were separated and
each carried a child. The parts of the raft went different ways in
the darkness. One of the children fell off and disappeared, and
not until some time Sunday was the family reunited. Even the
child was saved, having caught a table and clung to it until it
reached a place of safety.
One of the most remarkable escapes recorded during the
flood was reported to-day when news came that a United States
battery man on duty at the forts last week had been picked up on
Morgan's Point, injured but alive. He had buffeted the waves for
five days and lived through a terrible experience. Morgan's Point
is thirty miles from Galveston.
Galveston, Tex., Sept. I4.-The local Board of Health
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