The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 239
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THRILIING NARRATIVES BY EYE-WITNESSES. 239
made the scene particularly horrible to witness, but extremely
nauseating on account of the smell from the bodies. Particularly
toward the close of Monday the bodies were found so rapidly that
any effort to carry them to any special point for burial had about
ceased and they were covered up in the sand, laid down on the
wharf or left where they were found. Even after I was fortun-e*
enough to get a schooner to carry me to Texas City it seemed that
there were almost as many floating in the bay and being carried
off or lying around on the mainland as I had seen in Galveston
" It was a horrible experience which I passed through, which
I hope will never occur again in my lifetime, aud I feel that I cannot
too strongly call attention to the urgent needs, both in food
and clothing, not only of the poor classes, but of the best people
in Galveston, who up to the time of this terrible calamity had not
known what want was, and who even now seem ill at ease in knowing
how to make their wants known."
STORM OF INDESCRIBABLE FURY.
Rudolph Daniels, Assistant General Passenger Agent of the
Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway, was in Galveston during the
storm, and returned to Dallas on the I2th. Mr. Daniels said: "I
can only give you my experience and what I saw. The storm was
indescribable in its fury, and it was hard to realize the extent of the'
devastation and destruction even when on the scene. It does not
seem real or possible.
"I was in a restaurant near the Tremont Hotel when the
storm broke. It began blowing a gale about 2 o'clock in the afternoon,
but the wind did not reach an alarming height until about 4
o'clock. Myself and friends saw that it was going to be a storm
of more than ordinary fury and started for the Tremont. The
street was three feet deep in water and we got a carriage. We had
to draw our feet up on the seats to keep out of the water.
"At 5 o'clock the wind was blowing a hurricane, and the water
came over the sidewalk in front of the Tremont.
"The water in the street was full of telegraph poles, beer kegs,
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