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292 RELIEF WORK FOR T'IlE SICK AND DYING.
tion and furniture was an experience so horrible that a small proportion
of those who started are here this morning.
" A caboose and engine are standing just above this place. In
it are four train men all crippled and sick, only one of them being
able to get about. With them are a father and son, the remainder
of a party of eight who tried to cross the bay Saturday. A half
mile farther down, or a hundred yards from the bay, is another engine
and caboose, in it a family of six, four of them small children,
are congregated. They lived at this place and had a hard fight
for their lives. They are caring for a switchman, who will live
only a few hours. They are in a destitute condition.
REFUGEES CRAZED BY THEIR SUFFERINGS.
" Refugees from Galveston tell awful tales of suffering and
death, and in every case that came to my notice are in such mental
state that there can be no reliable facts obtained from them. The
only newspaper man who has got into Galveston came out last
night deathly sick, and would not stop when hailed.
" Thieves have been robbing the bodies as they came ashore.
One man was caught last night and will be taken to Galveston
to-day. When searched, a baby's finger was found with a ring on
it. He afterwards gave the hiding place of articles and money and
much jewelry was found. A cry of " lynch him" met with little
favor; enough death is here.
" Frantic refugees from Galveston gave vent to all sorts of
invectives against the world in general and Houston (fifty miles
north) in particular, for what they believe to be dilatoriness in
relief work. It does not seem that more could have been done in
one day. Almost nothing has been done.
" Some in their frenzy blaspheme their God for not preventing
such a catastrophe. Two relief boats are to leave shortly but only
enough men to man them will be allowed to accompany them.
There is no shelter here except the two cars mentioned. Box cars
were strewn along the west side of the railroad grade for two miles
from this point."
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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/m1/350/: accessed June 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .