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: 232
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232 DOOMED CITY TURNED TO CHAOS.
to Houston. All bridges and wires are gone, and it will be weeks
before they can possibly get a train out of here. The city is a
complete wreck. Very few buildings are standing that have not
in some way been wrecked by the storm. The loss of life will
never be known; it will run into thousands. You can't imagine
what a terrible shape this place is in. We are thankful to be
alive, but cannot help but feel sad when we think of the many
friends we have lost, and the hundreds that are leftwithout homes
and without a mouthful of anything to eat. Relief must come
soon or many will starve to death.
"Our rooming house stood the storm well, with the exception
of a corner blown off and part of the roof. I got up about 4
o'clock Saturday. It was then raining and blowing hard. I left
the house and started for the Tremont hotel and came near not
making it We stayed there all night. For four hours I thought
every minute that the building would certainly go with the many
that were going to pieces around it. We would have been as well
off had we stayed at home, but was afraid our house would not
stand the storm.
HORRIBLE BEYOND DESCRIPTION.
" Wagons have, been passing all day piled full of dead bodies.
Many of them will never be identified, and they are now taking
them right to the Gulf for burial. This seems terrible, but it
must be done, as it is impossible to bury them on the island.
Hundreds of bodies are floating in the bay and outskirts of what
was once the city. I cannot describe how horrible it is. I have
been over most of the city since Sunday morning and know
exactly how everything is situated. From the beach for at least
four blocks in there is not a sign of anything left to show for
what was once fine residences.
" Not one thing is left to show that there ever was anything
at the beach. Everything is piled up; all rubbish for about four
blocks from the beach beyond which it looks as clear as the prairie.
The east and west end of the town is entirely gone. At the east
end not a thing remains standing to Twelfth street. Dead bodies
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/m1/286/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .