The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 159
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BURNING THE RUINS AND THE DEAD. 159
Labett appears several times. Only a year or two ago five generations
of the Labetts were living at one time in Galveston.
The family nearly suffered the destruction of the family
name in the storm. A young man connected with one of the railroads
was down town and escaped. When the parties of searchers
were organized and proceeded to various parts of the city one of
them came across this young Labett near the ruins of his home
all alone. He had made his way there and had found the bodies of
father and mother and other relatives. He had carried the dead to
a drift of sand, and there without a tool, with his bare hands and
a piece of board he was trying to scrape out gravel to bury the
GALVESTON REFUGEES AT HOUSTON.
The "Post" of Houston prints a list of 2701 names of Galveston
dead, compiled from various sources, but believed to be
authentic. There are many bodies still in the ruins of Galveston
and scattered along the beach of the mainland and in the marshes.
About I300 people arrived here from Galveston on the i3th.
Four buildings have been set apart for the benefit of refugees, but
of the 3500 who have reached here so far not more than 800 remain
in the public charge, the remainder of them going to the homes
of relatives and friends.
MESSAGES FOR THE DEAD.
The following statement was made on Friday, the I4th; it
was dated at Dallas:
"Galveston is no longer shut off from wire communication
with the outside world. At 1.I5 o'clock this afternoon the Postal
Telegraph and Cable Company received a bulletin from the
storm-stricken city stating that wire connection had been made
across the bay by cable, and that direct communication with the
island city was resumed with two wires working and that two
more would be ready by to-morrow. A rush of messages followed.
"The Western Union got in direct communication with Galveston
this afternoon, and soon that office was also crowded.
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