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: 241
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THRILLING NARRATIVES BY EYE-WITNESSES. 241
experience. He came to the hotel and offered a hackman any
price to go to his house after his family, but could not induce him
to go. Failing in that, he started back home to his wife. That was
7 o'clock, and he did not manage to reach home, one-half mile
away, until 2.30 in'the morning. We found them all safe. We
saw several bodies on Tremont street on the way there.
"The organization of relief work began at once. It was soon
seen that there was no time for the identification of bodies, and the
work of taking them to sea for burial began. Along the Gulf
front for three blocks back there is not a house standing, and I
could see only one or two on the Denver resurvey.
" There was a meeting of all the railroad men in Galveston at
9 o'clock Tuesday morning, at which it was arranged that freight
would be handled through Houston and the Clinton tap to Clinton
and by barge to Galveston. The Galveston, Houston and Henderson
to handle passengers to Texas City and then to Galveston by
the steamer Lawrence."
W. H. McGrath, general manager of the Dallas Electric
Company, returned from Galveston yesterday. He said:
HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE STREWN FOR MILES.
"No words can express the scenes of death and desolation.
Nothing can be said that will convey the full meaning. I went
over to Galveston in a schooner and came away as soon as possible.
WhLt they need there is not people, but ice, water and supplies.
All along the shore of the bay for twelve miles inland are strewn
piarls, sofas, chairs, tables paving blocks and all sorts of broken
lumber and debris from Galveston.
"General Scurry detailed my party to bury the dead on a
stretch of beach about two-and-one-half miles long. In that space
we found fourteen bodies, all women and children but two. The
hot sun beating down and the action of the water had caused
decomposition to set in at once. They were horribly bloated, and
the eyes and tongues protruding and the bosoms of the women
None of the corpses had any clothing upon them. One man
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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/m1/295/: accessed August 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .