The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 276
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276 RELIEF WORK FOR THE SICK AND DYING.
talks of I2,ooo, 15,000 and I8,ooo dead, but it will be Io,ooo at the
" I believe the worst sight I witnessed was the 2,800 bodies
being carried out to sea and buried in the gulf. Huge barges were
tied to the wharfs and loaded with the unknown dead. As fast as
one barge was filled it made its way out from the shore, and weighting
the bodies, men cast them into the water."
I. Thompson, a young man who was very active in saving life
during the night of the storm, became insane because of the awful
scenes he witnessed. Thompson's friends first noticed his condition
when he told that one of the persons he rescued had deposited
$1o,ooo in one of the banks to his credit, and that he was going to
live in luxury the rest of his life.
Thompson retired to his room, on the third floor of the Washington
Hotel, seemingly sane. Soon afterwards he began to moan,
and soon became violent, rushing from one side of his room to the
other and declaring his determination to commit suicide. Employes
of the hotel did all they could to pacify the man, and during
the night he became more rational and lay down. The person
engaged to watch him was compelled to leave the room for a short
time early in the morning, and when he returned he found that
Thompson had wrenched the shutters off his window and leaped
out upon an awning and thence to the street.
Thompson was seen to run toward the bay, and in all probability
he threw himself overboard and was drowned, as he was not
seen or heard of afterward.
Another case is that of a young woman who was caught in
the rain, and> with two other women and about fifty men and boys,,
found refuge in an office. It was with the utmost difficulty she
could restrain herself during the fearful storm, and she frequently
became hysterical and cried out for her mother, sisters and her
brother and his family. As the storm gradually subsided the
young woman became more calm, and when morning broke she
started for her home quite reassured. She found a wild waste of
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