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264 THRILLING TALES BY REFUGEES.
of oaths, then turning around walked deliberately out into the bay
and was swept away."
APPEAL TO COLORED PEOPLE.
Professor H. C. Bell, of Denton, Grand Master of the Colored
Odd Fellows, issued the following self-explanatory circular:
"( To the Lodges and, Members of the Grand United Order of
Odd Fellows in Texas: Dear Brethren-The greatest calamity
that has ever visited any city in America visited Galveston on the
8th instant, leaving in its wake thousands of dead and helpless
people of our race, together with the white race. It is our duty to
help, as far as we are able, to relieve the suffering condition of the
citizens of Galveston. It goes without saying that the white citizens
of Texas have always contributed freely to ameliorate and
alleviate suffering humanity; it is, therefore, our bounden duty,
and, indeed, this is a most fitting opportunity for us, as members
of the greatest negro organization in the world, to suow to our
white fellow-citizens of Texas the charitable spirit that has always
characterized Odd Fellows. Besides this, many members of our
fraternity are victims of the direful storm of the 8th instant at
Galveston. They appeal for our assistance. Therefore, I, H. C.
Bell, do issue this appeal to the lodges and members for relief
for our brethren in Galveston."
The well-known writer and correspondent, Joel Chandler
Harri;,writing from Galveston, says:
"As was naturally to be expected, the facts already brought to
light show that the devastation wrought at Galveston and other
coast towns in Texas by the unhappy conjunction of wind and sea
outrun and overmatch the wildest conjectures of those who were
calm enough immediately after the event to give out such estimates
as tallied with what their own eyes had seen.
"The tremendous loss of life which has been verified by all
accounts gives this harrowing catastrophe a first place among
events of the kind. Indeed, among modern disasters it has an
awful pre-eminence, and this fact lends wings to a suggestion which
I should like to emphasize.
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