The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 244
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244 THRILLING NARRATIVES BY EYE-WITNESSES.
most of the forenoon. In the afternoon I took a walk down to the
beach which is ordinarily ten minutes' walk, but it took me an
hour and one-half on this occasion. Once I slipped and twisted my
ankle slightly. My foot came down on something soft, and I found
that it was the breast of an old man with long whiskers.
"As I returned to the hotel I counted thirty-five bodies, five
in one bunch. I saw a negro go out of a house with a load of bedclothes
and other stuff and a soldier stopped him. The man
claimed that he had been sent there by the owners of the property.
I personally saw no looting.
" I stayed there over Sunday night, and on Monday morning
seven of us bunched together and paid a man $Ioo to take us over
the bay. On the way over we counted more than ninety bodies
passing close to us, and on Sunday forenoon I believe there were
about as many bodies in the bay as there were fish. I am certain
in my own mind that I saw over Iooo bodies.
STRONG MAN FAINTS.
" Early Sunday morning Jack Frost, of this city, walked into
the Tremont Hotel, nearly naked and broken and bruised from
head to foot. He fainted and was carried to a room and a doctor
sent for. The doctors said that the bones of his right hand were
broken, one clavicle broken and his left shoulder dislocated, besides
being horribly bruised and mangled. Several inquiries from the
doctors elicited the information that it was a close question of life
and death when I left. He was caught at Murdock's pavilion when
the storm came up, and could not get away. No one knows just
where he landed."
M. F. Smith, of the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railroad
was in Galveston during the hurricane and got home to Dallas yesterday.
He said that nothing he could say would convey an adequate
idea of the storm. I was in the Tremont Hotel Saturday
when the hurricane began," he continued. "The water came up
into the rotunda and the wind blew with fearful force. Eight hundred
or a thousand people took refuge in the hotel. It was a scene
of pathos to see the women and children with hardly any clothing,
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Lester, Paul. The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/298/: accessed November 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .