The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 212
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Galveston Calamity One of the Greatest Known to History-Many
Thousands Maimed and WoundedFew
Heeded the Threatening Hurricane-The
Doomed City Turned to Chaos.
GALVESTON has been the scene of one of the greatest catastrophies
in the world's history. The story of the great storm
of Saturday, Sept. 8, I9oo, will never be told. Words are too weak
to express the horror, the awfulness of the storm itself, to even
faintly picture the scene of devastation, wreck and ruin, misery,
suffering and grief. Even those who were miraculously saved after
terrible experiences, who were spared to learn that their families
and property had been swept away, and spared to witness scenes
as horrible as the eye of man ever looked upon-even these can
not tell the story.
There are stories of wonderful rescues and escapes, each of
which at another time would be a marvel to the rest of the world,
but in a time like this when a storm so intense in its fury, so prolonged
in its work of destruction, so wide in its scope, and so
infinitely terrible in its consequences has swept an entire city and
neighboring towns for miles on either side, the mind can not comprehend
all of the horror, can not learn or know all of the dreadful
One stands speechless and powerless to relate even that which
he has felt and knows. Gifted writers have told of storms at sea
wrecking of vessels where hundreds were at stake and lost. That
task pales to insignificance when compared with the task of telling
of a storm which threatened the lives of perhaps sixty thousand
people, sent to their death perhaps six thousand people, and left
others wounded, homeless, and destitute, and still others to cope
with grave responsibility, to relieve the stricken, to grapple with
and prevent the anarchist's reign, to clear the water-sodden land
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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/m1/259/: accessed January 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .