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: 287
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RELIEF WORK FOR TItH SICK AND DYING. 287
Galveston may again become the prosperous port it was five
days ago, but its principal population will be of people who have
not seen the awful work of wind and water. Men who have large
business interests here may remain, but their families will be on
the mainland, and every sign of approaching storm will drive thousands
away. A workingman who paid $3,900 for a cottage and
lot offered to sell for $500 yesterday, throwing in all the house
contained. The house is very little damaged, but he lost a wife and
baby whom he had taken to what he thought was a place of safety.
It is impossible to write anything that would convey a faint idea
of the wreckage and ruin.
FIRES ALL OVER THE CITY.
"The number of dead under debris in the central parts of the
city will never be known, as burning is going on all over the city.
The east end, beginning at Fifteenth street and Avenue L, running
on a line parallel with the island, has a great mass of wreckage
piled as high as a man's head and from that to the top of houses
three stories high.
" This line extends as far along as there were any houses to
wreck, and consists of all manner of buildings. It is a desolate
scene from Eighth street east, when one compares it with the life
that was present there but a short time ago. Two buildings of all
the colony at the Point are left standing. These are the houses of
the quarantine officer and the lighthouse. The quarantine warehouse
is gone. All the barrack buildings and the dirt mounds
that surrounded them are gone, and in place of all is a watery
waste, with the exception of a few little islands that appear above
"The water has cut into the lands from the jetties, covering
'all the ground practically from Seventh street east. For a block
or more in the neighborhood of the hospitals there is a prairie
waste, and then begins the mass of debris. One man had several
houses out there and now he can find his fine porcelain tubs in the
debris, while all about him are the things that composed his home
and the houses he owned.
Here’s what’s next.
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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/m1/345/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .