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: 271
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THRILLING TALES BY REFUGEES. 271
The dread of plague has seized upon the negro population so
strongly that in some instances they refuse to work in cleaning up
"The tidal wave caused a heavier loss of life along the coast
west of Galveston than was at first supposed. Scores of corpses
are being found lying along the beach. Some of the bodies may
be those who were buried at sea from Galveston and floated into
shore again, but the position of many shows that they were natives
of the little coast towns suburban to Galveston. When more order
is made at Galveston attention will be turned to those places and
the bodies of the dead there will be buried or burned.
"The work of disposing of the bodies is being expedited as
rapidly as possible, but the crying need is disinfectants. Hundreds
of barrels of lime are being asked for in order to prevent contagion.
Health officers say that the worst is to be feared from the small
pools. of stagnant water which fill cellars of the wrecked houses
and the clogged drainage system.
CLOTHING AND PROVISIONS.
"The Chicago corps of surgeons and nurses, under Dr. L. D.
Johnson, buried thirty-two bodies between the hours of i A. M.
and 8 A. M. to-day in Alvin, Hitchcock and Seabrook, and gave
provisions, clothing and medicine to 300. Its members also attended
to twenty-six persons suffering from broken bones, cuts and
other wounds requiring surgical work, and nursed more than fifty.
" This is considered the greatest piece of relief work done
since the storm. The bodies buried had been lying in the fields a
week, and were decomposed and spreading disease germs. An extra
car of provisions is being shipped to that district.
s " Insanity is developing among the sufferers at a terrible rate.
It is estimated by the medical authorities that there are 500 deranged
men and women who should be in asylums, and the nuniber
is increasing. These poor creatures form the most pitiable side of
Galveston's horror. They stand in groups and cry hysterically.
They are harmless, for their troubles have left them without
strength to do harm.
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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/m1/329/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .