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: 235
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THRILLING NARRATIVES BY EYE-WITNESSES. 23b
seen none that fully describe the sight that presented itself around
Texas City and Virginia Point on Monday. They all seem to lose
the impressiveness that the narrator gave them when the centre of
an excited group who were eager to know if friends or relatives
were among the dead. Every word is heard or read ravenously all
over the country, and when one has seen the ghastly faces of
friends and acquaintances strewn ruthlessly among the grass and
rubbish around. Texas City and along that part of the bay shore
he will not wonder that the world stands aghast
" The corpses that had been thrown up by the cruel waters on
the mainland were for the time being neglected for the field that
contained thousands instead of hundreds. The remains of the old
man of many winters, with the determined looking face, who gazed
with intentness into the now cloudless skies, was kept silent company
by a little miss whose smile would melt the heart of the most
cruel man alive. Further on were the forms of women and children,
most of which were entirely nude, the wind having been that
severe that even the shoes were torn from their feet.
THROWN TOGETHER IN UTTER CONFUSION.
" I have seen tracks of many cyclones, but never have I seen
the path of one that held the misery, the suffering and the general
destruction that were occasioned by this hurricane, assisted bythesea.
' Furniture, household articles, pianos (complete and in part)
and the carcasses of every kind of domestic animal were to be found
in chaos. Even from the mainland could be seen the dire effects
of the storm on the seaport of Texas-jagged walls, broken smokestacks,
tin roofs suspended from their proper places or lying curled
up at my feet in the bay, a distance of several miles from where
they belonged. While it is natural for a person drowning to cling
to whatever comes in their reach with that intensity that they cannot
be disengaged, after death, without much trouble, this very
thing lent much grewsomeness to the scene. Mothers with their
children in their arms could not be separated from them, even by
The piling of the destroyed railroad bridges had an occasional
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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/m1/289/: accessed June 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .