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THRILLING TALES BY REFUGEES. 267
the visitors everywhere," said Clara Barton, after arriving in Galveston.
" The situation could not be exaggerated. Probably the
loss of life will exceed any estimate that has been made.
" In those parts of the city where destruction was the greatest
there must still 'be hundreds of bodies under the debris. At the
end of the island first struck by the storm, and which was swept
clean of every vestige of the splendid residences that covered it,
the ruin is inclosed by a towering wall of debris, under which
many bodies are buried. The removal of this has scarcely even
PEOPLE DAZED INTO CALM.
" The story that will be told when this mountain of ruins is
removed may multiply the horrors of the fearful situation. As
usual in great calamities the people are dazed and speak of their
losses with an unnatural calmness that would astonish those who
do not understand it.
" I do believe there is danger of an epidemic. But the nervous
strain upon the people, as they come to realize their condition may
be nearly as fatal. They talk of friends that are gone with tearless
eyes, making no allusion to the loss of property.
"A professional gentleman who called upon me this afternoon,
a gentleman of splendid human sympathies and refinement,
wore a soiled black flannel shirt, without a coat, and in apologizing
for his appearance said in the most casual, light-hearted way:
'Excuse my appearance: I have just come in from burying the
" But these people will break down under this strain, and the
Red Cross is glad of the force of strong, competent workers which
it has brought to its relief.
"( Portions of the business part of the city escaped the greatest
severity of the storm and are left partially intact. Thus it is
possible to purchase here nearly all the supplies that may be
wanting. Still, the Galveston merchants should be given the
benefit of home demands.
Mayor Jones has offered to the Red Cross as headquarters
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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/m1/325/: accessed March 30, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .