The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 262
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262 THRILLING TALES BY REFUGEES.
"I went over the island the next day and words can not
describe what I saw. Everything was wrecked along the gulf
front for three to four blocks back, the ground was clear and the
houses which had stood there were piled in a windrow which in
many places must have been fifty feet high
" What is needed is able-bodied, honest men to clean up this
wreck and remove bodies and bury them. They want no idlers or
surplus people to feed and protect. Disinfectants to purify the
streets from the slime and silt left by the water are necessary.
" I saw 600 bodies in an undertaker's house. I saw them
loaded on floats, piled up like cotton, black and white alike, with
arms and limbs sticking out in every direction. I must have
seen nearly a thousand bodies along the wharves and coming
across the bay. It was frightful."
ON THE BOAT ALL NIGHT.
T. L. Monagan, of Dallas, who went down with the Dallas
relief committee, returned and said: "We got there by wagon and
boat about Io o'clock Tuesday night and remained on the boat
during the night. We went over to the hotel in the morning and
found relief work well organized. They need men to clean the debris
out of the streets and to get the city cleaned up. They are disposing
of the dead as fast as possible, and the safety of the living
precludes any delay for identification. Many are being buried at
sea and some cremated.
"We went over the city and along the gulf front saw the immense
windrow of wrecked houses. Not a street from Tenth to
Twenty-Third was so we could get through. The ground fronting
the beach is clear of houses the whole length of the city. The
Denver Resurvey was washed away. In my opinion the salt
meadow to the southwest of Virginia Point on the mainland must
be covered with dead and wreckage. It is an awful thing and it
will be thirty days before they can get in shape down there at the
F. McCrillis arrived from Galveston. He was in the storm
and saw the frightful destruction. He said: "The relief com-
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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/m1/320/: accessed December 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .