The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 257
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Refugees Continue the Terrible Story-Rigid Military Patrol
-The City in Darkness at Night-Hungry
and Ragged Throngs.
ERSONS waho arrived in Dallas from Galveston not only confirmed
all that had been said before or written about the disaster
there, but gave more details of the horror. Each interview
was more distressing than the one precede:
it, and it seemed
that even an approximate idea of the truth wvas yet to be given.
Some accounts told of the deadly flood. Others told of the work
of vandals and their speedy death at the hands of Uncle Sam's
fighters, and of hunger and sickness, woe and misery.
Newt M. Smith, of Dallas, who was sent to Galveston by the
local insurance men to assist in the relief of the needy brethren in
that city, was one of those to return with important information.
" When we arrived in HIouston we were informed that no one
would be permitted on the train without a pass from Mlayor Brashear,
of Houston," he said. " We hunted the 'Mayor up and were
told that 2000 passes had already been issued and that the train
would carry only 800 people. We finally succeeded in getting on
board without passes, some of the men climbing through the windows.
Nearly all the dwellings and business houses of the small
stations on the International and Great Northern between Houston
and Galveston are either blown down or seriously damaged.
"At certain places along the railroad every telegraph pole was
down for a distance of one-half or three-quarters of a mile, poles
and wires being across the track. Some twelve or fifteen miles this
side of the bay at one place I counted the carcasses of fourteen
large cattle and horses that had drowned. Just before reaching
Texas City Junction it was necessary for the passengers to abandon
the train for the purpose of repairing and rebuilding a bridge
across trestle which had washed away. Volunteers were called for
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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/m1/315/: accessed September 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .