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: 288
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288 RELIEF WORK FOR THE SICK AND DYING.
" Lucas Terrace, a large three-story brick building, divided
into flats of three and four rooms each is almost a total wreck. Out
of thirty-seven persons reported to have been in the building when
the storm started its work of destruction, the Terrace had fifteen
killed. Business concerns of the larger order in the East end suffered
with the corner groceries and the smaller merchants.
WELL-KNOWN BUILDINGS DAMAGED.
"Boysen's mill is considerably damaged, the smokestack,
some of the windows and part of the roof being gone. Across the
street the bonemeal mill stands, with scarcely any north wall whatever.
The Neptune Ice Company, Eighteenth street and Avenue
A, is almost a total wreck. A part of the building is gone into a
mass of debris while other parts remain standing. The oil mill at
Eighteenth street and Strand, suffered little apparent damage except
to the windows. A big blacksmith shop in Eighteenth street,
between Strand and Mechanic, suffered the loss of the upper story
entirely. These are but a few specimens of what has happened all
over the city."
W. S. Abernethy, with the Chicago relief forces, wrote on the
i5th: " Yesterday was a day of anguish, as all the days of this
week have been.
" There was no cessation of tear-stained faces appearing here
and there to tell of' the lost. And it is a wonder if the end of this
sad divulgence will ever come. A motherless boy or a fatherless
girl, newly childless mother or father, or whatever it may be, they
still come to tell of their woe; and the stolid men who glide over
the water or who search the shore still bring in the swollen and
unrecognizable victims of the storm. It will end some day, and
agonizing hearts may rest from the painful throbbings of this hour.
"It is likely that Dr. Grant will increase his force to fifty
deputy marshals at once. He cancelled his political appointments
in Ohio to render this service to Galveston. Speaking of the disaster
" It is the tragedy of the century, and is impossible of description.
I have never seen anything like it before, and I hope I never
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