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rocked from top to bottom, and the water came into the first floor.
About 3 o'clock in the morning the wind had changed and blew
the water back into the Gulf.
" As soon as we could we waded home. Such a home! The
water had risen three feet in the house, and the roof being gone the
rain poured in. We had not had anything to eat since noon the
day before, and we lived on whisky.
" It was awful. Dead animals every where and the streets
filled with fallen telegraph poles and brick stores blown over.
Hundreds of women and children and men sitting on steps crying
lost ones, and nearly half of them injured! Wild-eyed, ghastlylooking
men hurried by and told of whole families killed. All day
wagon after wagon passed filled with dead, most of them without a
thing on them, and men with stretchers with dead bodies with just
a sheet thrown over them, some of them little children."
HOPING FOR THE BEST.
Says an eye-witness of the terrible scene:
" What a contrast! Last Sunday, gloom, desolation and black
despair prevailed. This storm-tossed city was filled with desolation.
The sorrow of the survivors for the dead was unspeakable,
the destruction of property indescribable, the people were palsied,
and in the gloom of devastation and death there was no silver
lining to the pall that darkly overshadowed them. To-day hope
and determination buoy up the people.
" They realize that the task before them is titanic yet, with the
generous aid that is floating to them from all parts of the civilized
world, born of a common humanity, that makes the whole world
akin, aided by their own indomitable purpose, the sick and wounded
will be healed, the destitute relieved and the recuperation of Galveston
will be speedy and lasting. It is the spirit that turns defeat
into victory, makes a people strong, glorious and prosperous. You
hear no complaining, no expression of want of confidence, but of
hope, zeal and determination, and this is exemplified by the vigorous
enterprise visible on every hand.
i' Although it is the Sabbath, work is being pushed under a
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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/m1/212/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .