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: 279
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RELIEF WORK FOR THE SICK AND DYING. 279
veston catastrophe can aplpeciate the nature of the calamity which
has befallen them. ,One woman laughingly told another that she
had saved her baby, but that her two boys and her husband had
been drowned. She was evidently insane.
An eye-witness, writing on September i6th, said: " Galveston
is striving manfully to rise from its ashes. A reign of terror has
been averted, Hope crowns the day. More than a thousand men
are clearing the streets of debris. They are working night and
day. Their efforts so far have been expended in picking up carcasses
and gathering bodies into piles and burning them. Separate
pyres are built for human bodies and animals, and the work progresses
rapidly. The task is heartrendering, and many able bodied
men have succumbed to the ordeal.
"Hundreds of women and children who are trying to get away
from the city to the mainland find the task difficult. The slowness
of the distracted ones is not due to tardiness or hesitation on their
part. On the contrary, it isa scramble to get away, and the shattered
wharves are lined with persons awaiting their turn. Transportation
facilities are very meagre. There are few boats to be
had. The Lawrence, a 200-ton propeller, is the only steamer carrying
persons across to Texas City.
"' One of the most hopeful features of the situation is the arrival
of hundreds of barrels of disinfectants, such as carbolic acid and
chloride of lime. Two thousand barrels of these could be advantageously
used. The Board of Health shows signs of vigor and of
an appreciation of the danger that confronts the city and contiguous
territory. Every effort is being made to deodorize the ruins
and to quickly dispose of the dead as soon as they are reached.
( The work of cleaning and disinfecting the streets is carried
on with vigor, and the results are quite noticeable, especially in
the central part of the city. Gutters in Tremont street were
opofed and the slush and debris from them carted to the city dump.
This allowed the water to drain off. Centre street and the Strand
were also worked on with excellent results, the gutters being
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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/m1/337/: accessed May 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .