The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 170
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170 VAST ARMi.i OF HELPLESS VICTIMS.
of the people who survived have passed from that phase of the
A soldier standing guard at a place on the beach where these
fires were burning thickly was asked if the workers were still finding
"Yes," he replied, "a good many!" That was all. Three
days ago the same soldier would have gone into particulars. He
would have told how many had been found in this place and in
The commander of one of these squads came into headquarters
to deliver a report to Colonel McCaleb. He had nothing
to say about bodies, but wanted to tell that a trunk in fairly good
condition, with valuable contents, had been taken out of one heap,
and that the owner might be found through marks of identification
which he had noted. So it goes; the thought is of the living
rather than of the dead.
SIGNS OF RESTORATION EVERYWHERE.
The women of Galveston are working as never before. Whereever
one goes carpets and clothing and mattresses and rugs are
hung on fences and galleries. The scrubbing-brushes are going.
A smell of carbolic acid is in the air. The housekeepers are bustling
in and out. Every residence that can be called habitable is
undergoing renovation most thoroughly. The sound of the hammer
is heard everywhere. Amateur carpenters are patching and
strengthening homes which, in the better spirit that prevails, they
may now hope to save.
One of the strongest impressions that is gained of the work
of restoration is from the sights in front of the stores. Merchants
and clerks are overhauling stocks. Where the articles are such
that it can be done they are carried out in front of the stores and
spread in the sun to dry. Tons of dry goods, clothing, hats and
caps, boots and shoes are spread in the streets and on the pavements,
so that in places it is difficult to get past.
In these stores the watermarks on the walls and shelves varies
from waist to shoulder high. Everything below these levels was
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