The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 203
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DETAILS OF THE OVERWHELMING TRAGEDY. 203
down. One negro was killed in a falling house. At Crabb
everything was blown down, and we reached Rosenberg at
"We had many dire expectations all night, worked hard all
morning and had nothing to eat since supper the night before.
I reached Houston over the Macaroni in time to reach my nurseries
and people at Hulen. I found only one house standing
here intact, my large barn and packing shed are damaged but not
wrecked. My large office building was blown from its foundation
and considerably twisted, but left it so my manager can live in it
with his family until something else can pe provided for. None
of my employees were hurt, and, in fact. no deaths or injuries at
TERRIBLE TALES OF VANDALISM.
Passengers who arrived at Dallas told terrible tales of the
work of the vandals in that city. According to them, men
inflamed with liquor were roaming among the wreckage over the
city rifling the hundreds of bodies of even the clothing and leaving
them to fester in the semi-tropical sun. Much of this horrible
depredating, it is claimed, is being done by negroes, who will not
work and cannot be made to leave town. This was before the
saloons were closed.
Among those who arrived from Galveston was J. N. Griswold,
division freight agent of the Gulf, Colorado and Sante Fe Railway.
His story is as follows :
" There were many acts of vandalism. Fingers and ears that
bore diamonds were lopped off with knives. Upon our arrival at
Texas city I saw an old man who was drunk. Sticking out of a
pocket in his pants was a bank deposit book full of bank notes.
" I asked him where he got it. He said he fouud it on the
" ' How much have you got ?" I asked him. "Oh, about twentyseven
dollars,' was his reply. He must have had several times
that amount at least.
" The darkies are doing most of the pilfering. Sunday morning
before daylight they were breaking into warehouses and loot-
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Lester, Paul. The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/250/: accessed January 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .