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that on account of the debris and the swift current they were unable
to get near enough to the house to render any assistance. The
first attempt was made about 6 o'clock in the evening.
" They were eventually given up for lost, when, to the surprise
of everyone, cries for help were heard from the ruins about 5 o'clock
in the morning. Appeals were again made to some of the white
men in the house to go to their relief, but, I am very sorry to say,
,they were in vain until finally two colored men who worked in the
kitche' -idnd one of the whites volunteered their services and succee.
min bringing the party to the hotel. They had practically
nothing on them when they came, but they were taken in hand and
the best done with them in the way of giving them clothing and
food that was possible. There were so many cases of this kind that.
as I say, it is simply a repetition of the experience of others.
DRUNKEN REVELRY IN THE STREETS.
"On Sunday morning, immediately after the storm and as
soon as daylight appeared, the scene on the streets was one I shall
never forget.' There were drunken women, almost nude, with
their male companions, also under the influence of liquor, parading
the streets and laughing and singing as if returning from a prolonged
spree. There were some of the best citizens of Galveston
hurrying to and fro, asking this one and that one if they had
heard anything of their sisters, wives or some other member of,
"( There were others who had been present when their families
had perished, weeping and wailing over their losses, young children
crying for their parents who had perished, parents crying for
the loss of their children, and others walking aimlessly about or
standing around as if they were stunned. Everyone appeared so
thoroughly unnerved that there was a total lack of organized effort
to search for the missing or to collect food.
" Almost immediately after the waters receded sufficiently to
permit people to wade or walk in safety men and women could be
een with their long poles and baskets, whose principal aim and
.ect seemed to be to profit by the misfortunes of the poor people
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