The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 167
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Story of a Brave Hero-A Vast Army of Helpless VictimsScenes
that Shock the Beholders-Our Nation
Rises to the Occasion.
VrHEN Galveston's chapter of horrors had reached its crisis,
when the people were dazed, leaderless and almost helpless,
so that they went about bewildered and did little more than
gather a few hundred of the bodies which were in their way, a longshoreman
became the hero of the hour. It was not until Monday
that the brave leaders, who are usually not discovered in a community
until some great emergency arises, began to forge in front.
They were not men from one rank in point of wealth or intelligence.
They came from all classes.
For example, there was Hughes, the longshoreman. Bodies
which lay exposed in the streets, and which had to be removed
somewhere lest they be stepped on, were carried into a temporary
morgue until 500 lay in rows on the floor.
A VERY GRAVE PROBLEM.
Then a problem in mortality such as no other American community
ever faced was presented. Pestilence, which stalked forth
by Monday, seemed about to take possession of what the storm had
left. Immediate disposition of those bodies was absolutely necessary
to save the living.
Then it was that Lowe and McVittie and Sealy and the others,
who by comifon impulse had come together to deal with the problem,
found Hughes. The longshoreman took up the most gruesome
task ever seen, except on a battlefield. He had to have help.
.rs. Some volunteered; others were pressed into the service at the
point of the bayonet.
Whisky by the bucketful was carried to these men, and they
were drenched with it. The stimulant was kept at hand and applied
continuously. Only in this way was it possible for the stoutest-hearted
to work in such surroundings.
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