The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 245
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THRILLING NARRATIVES BY EYE-WITNESSES. 245
not knowing where relatives or children were scattered about the
corridors in deepest distress. It was remarkable that so few of
them gave any outward sign or cry. Sunday morning the water
was gone out of the rotunda and it was ankle deep in mud. I
went out Tremont street to Avenue N2, where I came to water.
People were coming in toward the higher ground sick, wounded
and homeless. One hundred men were sworn in by the Mayor
Sunday morning as a guard and relief work began at once. I
came out Monday morning on the Charlotte M. Allen. From her
I saw a barge loaded with corpses going to sea for burial and another
at the dock was being loaded. A passenger on the Allen
counted fifty floating bodies in the bay on the way up to Virginia
Point. We had to walk to Texas City Junction and I saw Galveston
paving blocks on the prairie north of Texas City."
CAST UP BY THE HEAVY WAVES.
Officers Williams and Curly Smith stated that the body of a
woman that had been buried at sea on the east end was washed
ashore on the beach near the foot of Tremont street. Attached to
the body was a large rock weighing about 200 pounds. The body
was carried to a place back from the water's edge and placed in a
While working with a gang of men clearing the wreckage of
a large number of houses on Avenue 0 and Centre street to-day
Mr. John Vincent found a live prairie dog locked in a drawer of a
bureau. It was impossible to identify the house or the name of its
former occupants, as several houses were piled together in a mass
of brick and timber. The bureau was pulled out of the wreckage
a few feet from the ground, where it had been buried beneath about
ten feet of debris. The little animal seemed not to be worse for
his experience of four days locked up in a drawer beneath a mountain
of wreckage. It was taken home and fed by Mr. Vincent, who
will hold the pet for its owner if the owner survived the storm.
Some idea of the extent of the destructive path of the hurricane
can be got from a view of the beach front east of Tremont
street. Standing on the high ridge of debris that marks the line
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