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DETAILS OF THE OVERWHELMING TRAGEDY. 199
track and in one caboose were some injured people. A portion of
our party stopped there to do what they could for them.
" We found dead bodies all along the track, three and four
in a bunch, all women and children with perhaps the single
exception of one man. These bodies were strewn from the Point to
Texas City and they were there by the hundreds, it seemed to
me-bodies of people who had been washed and blown across the
bay from Galveston. Some of the people who had made that
terrible trip across the bay, driven by the force of the wind and
the waves, were yet alive.
"There were all sorts of debris and wreckage piled up and
washing along the mainland; furniture of every description,
heavy iron, frames of pianos, fine plush-covered furniture-everything
was there to be seen. The remains of cattle and horses and
chickens were there in heaps and piles, drifting boxcars had been
driven three miles from their original positions and turned over
and blown about.
GATHERING UP THE DEAD.
" Monday, as soon as it was light enough to see, we started
out looking for skiffs-something to take us to Galveston. We
did not find a skiff, all had been stove in. At last we found a
negro who had a boat. He had been crippled. Three of us,
Miss Beach among the number, took passage on his boat, and I
took charge of it. The remainder of our party stayed at Virginia
Point until the arrival of a sailboat and brought a relief
party to Galveston from Houston. A relief train had arrived,
from Houston, bringing members of the fire department, the
health officer and county officers, with provisions. They saw
that there was no way for them to cross and so they remained
and began the work of gathering and bringing the dead on the
"The concrete piers of the county bridge we found washed
away in mainland and we saw a big steamer grounded in the
West Bay. We saw a fine boat about thirty feet long that had
made the trip without sailor or rudder from Galveston. In that
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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/m1/246/: accessed March 30, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .