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: 286
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286 RELIEF WORK FOR THE SICK AND DYING.
It is proposed to all people whose houses are still standing
that whenever they locate a corpse or carcasses in their vicinity
the position be indicated by a flag of some kind.
Some of the notices and paragraphs in these first issues of the
Galveston papers are as interesting as stories of the storm. For
The First Church of Christ, Scientists, cordially extends the
use of their church to any denomination whose church was so
damaged by the recent storm as to render it unfit for services."
DOCTORS CARING FOR THE SUFFERERS.
In the advertising columns merchants seem to vie with each
other in announcing, " Positively no advance in prices." Here is
an editorial leader which could hardly be found outside of a hurricane
It is important that all who are injured enough to necessitate
a stitching of their wounds should have their dressings changed
every twenty-four hours. Some of the wounded have neglected to
do this, with a result that the doctors have more work to do than
is necessary. Every doctor in town is doing work free of cost to
all who apply."
There have been accounts of negroes caught in the act of robbing
the dead and shpt. Galveston citizens are prompt to say that
there have been exceptional cases. They gave the mass of colored
people credit for doing their part.
On September I4th a writer described as follows events in the
stricken city: " The evacuation of Galveston has begun. Do what
they will, the newspapers and authorities cannot convince thousands
who have made up their minds that this island is doomed to
remain a moment after their first chance of escape.
"Schooners by the dozen are leaving for Texas and their crews
have to stand guard to keep the people from overcrowding and
sinking the craft. People are leaving with no destination, but with
a strong determination to get many miles from this panorama of
wrecked business houses, blockaded streets, hospitals filled with
wounded and dying victims of the awful disaster.
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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/m1/344/: accessed June 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .