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: 255
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THRILLING; NARRAT'IkIVE S BY ITY-\ I'INESSES. 25a
There has never been in this country any other disaster to be compared
with this. Where others have hlad to battle against wind or
water, here the man and the woman and the child have found a
dual foe-both wind and wave. Considering all the conditions and
forces and dangers and dreadful results, it may be asserted without
any word to modify the statement that this is the most grievous
calamity of modern tilL
TOO AWFUL FOR WORDS.
" It is a stunning blow to every Texan whose heart is in the
right place. It is a calamity so dread that no one can afford to stop
to consider himself or his own wounds. The duty which one owes
to others comes first. Many are too far away from the scene of
desolation and death to do anything; but they are not too far away
to give something, and thus to help along the heartrending work
which is now going on in Galvest.n and in other places along the
coast. The work of uncovering bodies, of burying the dead, of
supplying the needs of those who require assistance, is going on,
and a beginning has been made in cleaning and clearing the city
to prevent a general spread of sickness, which is sure to come unless
this work is thoroughly done. This task will require a week
more, possibly many weeks more.
"The removal of huge masses of bricks, stones, timber and
decaying stock in large houses which have gone down is necessarily
a slow business, yet this difficult task must be performed before
even the work of burying the dead can be completed. From the
ruins of some houses of this kind scores of bodies are yet to be
taken. Unless ample help is procurable this task is almost a hopeless
undertaking. It is in order to repeat that it is a duty which
must be performed * ithout delay. So far Texans have responded
nobly. The same may be said of people the country over. The
main purpose is to keep before all the fact that the service of sympathy
and mercy must be continued for a little while if the victims
of the storm are to be saved and succored.
" As an exchange says, the elements seem to have been wreaking
vengeance on Texas this year. In April the Colorado and
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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/m1/313/: accessed June 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .