The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 277
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RELIEF WORK FOR THE SICK AND DYING. 277
waters sweeping over the site of her home. Her dear ones were
Among the first victims carried into the temporary morgue were
the young woman's mother, brother and two children. These were
quickly followed by her brother's wife and her two sisters. The
shock overthrew the girl's reason, and she became a nervous
wreck, without a relative in the world.
Hundreds of such tragic incidents as these marked the week,
and the number of men and women who lost their reason was very
HARROWING TALES TOLD BY SURVIVORS.
Many strange incidents of the hurricane were gathered from
the tales of the survivors. They told of pitiable deaths, of fearful
destructions of property and of strange incidents of the great force
of the storm. The following are just a few of the many that were
told by refugees in this city:
One of the most remarkable escapes recorded during the flood
was that of a United States batteryman' on duty.at the forts, who
had been picked up on Morgan's Point, wounded but alive. He
had buffeted the waves for five days and lived through a terrible
experience. Morgan's Point is thirty miles from Galveston.
Another man who passed though a similar experience was
found floating on the roof of a house on the open sea, over one
hundred miles distant from Galveston. He was half famished,
but quickly recovered upon being taken aboard.
Dr. H. C. Buckner, of the Buckner Orphan's Home at Dallas,
brought with him from Galveston thirty-six little children who
were made homeless, fatherless and motherless by the storm.
Many of the children were suffering from cuts and bruises, and all
were destitute of clothing except the tattered and torn garments
/which they had on their backs. They were taken to the Children's
Hospital in Haskell avenue, in Dallas, to have their wounds
treated and to recuperate before being sent to the home proper, six,
miles east of the city. The children are from all walks of ie,
and were-taken in charge by Dr. Buckner while in Galveiton as
the ones most in need of immediate attention.
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