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: 258
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258 THRILLING TALES BY REFUGEES.
to go into the mud and water, and more men volunteered than could
get around the bridge timbers to replace them.
" It required three or four hours in which to repair the track at
this point, during which some 250 passengers left the train, taking
with them their valises, jugs of water and provisions, and walked
a distance of six miles through the mud and water to Texas
City. About two and a half miles west of Texas City, and
about two miles from the bay, out on the bald prairie, is a large
dredge-boat. For fifteen miles back from the bay can be seen millions
of feet of debris of every description, including tops of houses,
sashes, doors, pianos and pieces of household furniture of every
kind. There were something over twenty-six bales of cotton that
I counted out on the prairie inside of that distance, all compressed
cotton which had evidently come from the wharf at Galveston.
BURYING THE DEAD.
"After arriving at Texas City we had to wait two or three
hours for a boat, and during the time a number of the party
walked down the beach and discovered and buried the bodies of
eight men, women and children. A memorandum was taken
describing as well as possible the people buried, and a headboard
put up with a number corresponding to the one in the book.
We left Texas City at 3.30 Tuesday evening, arriving at Galveston
"While on the way over we discovered the bodies of several
people and quite a number of horses and cows, and as we got off
the boat, just under the wharf was a pile of twenty or twenty-five
drowned people. Just after leaving the wharf we saw the remains
of seven people which were being prepared for cremation. The
town is under martial law, and on my way up to the city I was
hailed by guards three different times, but after explaining I was
permitted to proceed.
" I do not think the conditions at Galveston have been overdrawn
by the newspaper reports. In fact, it is more deplorable
Lhan any words or picture could portray to the mind. Before we
arrived several parties had been shot for robbing the dead and loot-
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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/m1/316/: accessed June 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .