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: 242
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242 THRILLING NARRATIVES BY EYE-WITNESSES.
had a leather belt about his waist and the shreds of his trousers.
The women were nude except that corsets and shoes still remained
on some of them. All the lighter portions of the clothing had
been beaten off by the water. There was no time for indentification.
We simply pulled them up on the beach and buried them
where they lay.
" It is frightful to think of. The bay is still full of floating
bodies. Forty-three were counted from the schooner I was on as
we went down. Gangs of men are at work all the time under
martial law burying as fast as they.are cast up.
"The city of Galveston is a wreck. Not a building in the
town escaped injury. The people there who went through the
storm seemed dazed and in a sort of stupor. All they know is
that they want to get away from the spot, and when they get
on the mainland they go wild with joy. They are utterly bewildered
ARRESTED FOR ROBBING THE DEAD.
"General McKibben had just arrived when I was there and
martial law reigned. I was told that seventy ghouls had been
arrested for robbing bodies and that they would be court-martialed
and shot. The tramp steamer Kendal Castle is lying high and
dry 200 feet from the water's edge. She is standing on an even
keel, just as though she was at sea. General Scurry wanted a
boat to go across to Galveston and informed the captain he was
under martial law and his boats would be required The boats were
sent and General Scurry went across the bay in the captain's gig.
"The stench along the wharves in Galveston is something
terrible, but the people are making every effort to dispose of everything
that is putrifying.
" The railroad and telegraphic companies are making tremendous
efforts to get into Galveston. The Postal Telegraph Company
has two wires strung down the Galveston, Houston and Henderson
to the junction of the Texas Terminal. Below that not a pole was
left. The Western Union is making rapid progress and will lay
a cable across the bay."
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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/m1/296/: accessed July 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .