The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 269
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THRILLING TALES BY REFUGEES. 269
A Chicago journal established a Relief Bureau at Galveston,
and sent thither a special commissioner who, under date of September
i5, gave the following account:
"I spent part of last night with the Chicago American Relief
Bureau. I had no business there. The nurses and doctors had
done all there was to do. They have worked like great big-spirite(
Trojans. The babies were all abed and asleep. The women were
fed and the homeless and destitute men who had wandered in for
shelter had been tucked away in the gallery and made as comfortable
A HEROIC LAD.
"The gas was out in the great theatre, and a few candles shed
a flickering light. A lad told this story: He lost every one
on earth he loved and who loved him in the flood. He swam
two miles and over with his little brother on his back, and then
saw his brother killed by a piece of falling timber after they had
reached dry land and what he supposed was safety.
"He is sixteen years old, this boy of mine; tall and strong in
every way, and when he had dug a shallow grave in the sand for
his little brother he went up and down the prairies and buried
those he found. Alone in the declining sun, without food or
water, impelled by some vague instinct to do something for some
one, this boy did this, and yesterday they found him fainting in a
field and brought him to us. We put him to bed, made him take
a bowl of soup and gave him a bath.
" He seemed perfectly amazed at the idea that any one should
want to do anything for him. We only got his story out of him
by persistent and earnest questioning. He said there was none
to tell. Last night he was talking in his sleep.
"'That's all right, Charley,' he said over and over again.
' Brother won't let you get hurt. Don't you be scared, Charley,
and I will save you!' and he threw his arms out and about as if he
" Hour after hour he swam and hour after hour he comforted
his little brother, and when I laid my hand on his forehead and he
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