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: 283
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RELIEF WORK FOR THE SICK AND DYING. 283
were killed right before our very eyes, I feel as though I always
ought to be satisfied no matter what comes."
Mr. Prutsman said: " The reports from Galveston are not half
as appalling as the situation really is. We left the fated city Wednesday
afternoon, going by boat to Texas City, and by rail to
Houston. The condition of Galveston at that time, while showing
an improvement, was awful, and never shall I forget the terrible
scenes that met our eyes as the boat on which we left steamed out'
of the harbor. There were bodies on all sides of us. In some
places they were piled six and seven deep, and the stench horrible.
" I resided with my family fourteen blocks away from the beach,
yet my house was swept away at 5 P.M. Saturday, and with it went
everything we had in the world. Fifteen minutes before-I took my
wife and children to the courthouse and we were saved, along with
about I,ooo others who sought refuge there. When we went
through the streets the water was up to our arms and we carried
the children on our heads.
WOMAN SHOT TO END HER SUFFERING.
"I assisted for several' days in the work of rescue. In one
pile of debris we found a woman who seemed to have escaped the
flood, but who was injured and pinned down so she could not escape.
A guard came along, and, after failing to rescue her, deliberately
shot her to end her misery.
" The streets present a gruesome appearance. Every available
wagon and vehicle in the city is being used to transport the dead,
and it is no uncommon thing to see a load of bodies ten deep. The
stench in the city is nauseating. Since the flood the only water
that could be used for drinking purposes was in cisterns, and it has
become tainted with the slime and filth.that covers the city until it
is little better than no water at all.
" Since the city was placed under'martial law conditions have
been much better and there is little lawlessness. The soldiers have
)shown no quarter and have orders to shoot on sight. This has had
a wonderful effect on the disreputable characters who have flocked
into the city.
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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/m1/341/: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .