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: 236
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236 THRILLING NARRATIVES BY EYE-WITNESSES.
figure clinging to them. On nearer approach the head was seen to
be thrown back as if to keep above water, and the features were
distorted with horror as if in their last moments they realized the
fatality of the attempt. The sea, not content with drowning the
living and washing them away, desecrated the tombs of Galveston
and several caskets were seen floating on the bosom of the quiet
bay that morning and two or three were found on shore as if resentful
at having their rightful rest disturbed.
" Many people from a distance moved only by a morbid curiosity,
which I consider little short of criminal, crowded to Houston
in order that they might go to the devastated city and view the
misery and devastation, not willing to alleviate suffering or help to
bury the dead. As for me, I trust I will never look on a sight as
appalling, as heartrending, as desolate, while life lasts."
A ST. LOUIS MAN STORMBOUND.
George MacLaine, of St. Louis, arrived at Dallas from Galveston,
where he spent the time from Friday until Tuesday. " I was
intending to leave on the 1.50 train Saturday afternoon," he said,
" but I could not get away on account of the storm, the water having
risen to such an extent that it could not cross the bridge.
(' My experience was pretty much the same as a large number
of others have given. During the storm I was in a building located
at the corner of Twenty-fifth and Market streets, two or three
blocks above the Santa Fe depot. We were in the parlor of the
hotel on the second floor, with about eight feet of water in the
lower story. The parlor was crowded with guests and refugees,
men and women, 4nd from the windows I witnessed a great many
affecting and pathetic sights, particularly in the way of appeals to
the men in the hotel to assist in rescuing women with children in
the neighborhood who had become separated from their husbands.
" One case I particularly noticed-that of a woman and five
young children, whose house fell on top of them, but, fortunately,
in such a way as to protect them from the force of the waves and
wind. Several attempts were made by various parties to rescue this
family, but the rescue parties always returned with the statement
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