The great Galveston disaster, containing a full and thrilling account of the most appalling calamity of modern times including vivid descriptions of the hurricane Page: 215
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DOOMED CITY TURNED TO CHAOS. 215
ing to driftwood, and landed bruised and battered and torn on the
All attempts at burying the dead has been utterly abandoned,
and bodies are now being disposed of in the swiftest manner possible.
Scores of them were burned the I2th, and hundreds were
taken out to sea and thrown overboard. The safety of the living
is now the paramount question, and nothing that will tend to prevent
the outbreak of an awful pestilence is being neglected.
This morning it was found that large numbers of the bodies
which had previously been thrown in the bay were washed back
upon the shore and the situation was rendered worse than before
they were first laden in the barges and thrown into the water.
TOO MANY ON THE COMMITTEE.
Relief committees from the interior of the State have commenced
to arrive, and, as usual, they are much too large in numbers,
and to a certain extent are in the way of the people of
Galveston, and an impediment to the prompt relief which they
themselves are so desirous of offering. Several of the relief expeditions
have had committees large enough to consume Io per
cent. of the provisions which they brought. The relief sent here
from Beaumont, Tex., arrived this morning and was distributed
as fast as possible. It consisted of two carloads of ice and pro.
visions, and came by way of Port Arthur.
The great trouble now seems to be that those people who are
in the greatest need are, through no fault of those incharge of
the distribution, the last to receive aid. Many of them are so
badly maimed and wounded that they are unable to apply to the
relief committee, and the committees are so overwhelmed by
direct applications that they have been unable to send out messengers.
The wounded everywhere are still needing the attention of
physicians, and despite every effort it is feared that a number
will die because of the sheer physical impossibility to afford them
the aid necessary to save their lives. Every man in Galvestoii
who is able to walk and work' is engaged in the work of relief
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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/m1/266/: accessed June 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .