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DETAILS OF THE OVERWHELMING TRAGEDY. 209
meetings and forward such subscriptions as they may see proper
to me at Dallas. This will be used for the benefit of Woodmen
and their families, many of whom are in absolute want and distress,
and we hope to raise at least $30,000, which is less than $t
each from our members."
From Houston came the following heartrending news of the
Galveston horror two days after it occurred:
" The dreadful fatality of Galveston is looking worse, in the
face of facts brought out to-day. Three men, who reached here
this morning, tell of so and so many dead bodies being found in
a single house or yard or on one block, that the conclusion is
almost irresistible that a greater number than Iooo has been lost.
They tell that twenty or forty or a hundred were lost by the collapse
of a single large house, they having gathered there for
safety, but they are unable to say anything about the hundreds of
small houses that were swept away, some vacant, of course, but
many occupied, but without a mark, a sign or a memory to recall
NAMES OF DEAD WILL NEVER BE KNOWN.
"The outline of the terrible disaster is now known over the
United States, and even farther. The details are wanting; no
list of names approaching completeness can be had for weeks,
and it is almost sure that a complete list will never be found. As
time wears along the names of different persons will be recalled
by those who were neighbors, and they will be set down on the
death roll that will be made up; but where neighbors do not
know neighbors, the names will never be called, and the identity
of the lost will pass with eternity-without recall or remembrance.
"This city and her people are devoting themselves assiduously
to relieving the unfortunates. Her business men are losing
not a moment. They thoroughly realize that seconds are valuable.
Last night large wagons jostled along the streets with
boxes of prepared food to load them on boats and cars. The
Mayor has sent out calls to the large cities of this and other
Here’s what’s next.
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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/m1/256/: accessed July 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .