The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 295
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RESCUE OF THE PERISHItING-. 295
succor is being rushed to Galveston, other sufferers are neglected.
The relief trains en route from Houston to Galveston traverse a
storm-swept section, where famlishing and nearly naked survivors
sit on the wrecks of their homes and hungrily watch tons of provisions
whirling past them, while there is little prospect of aid
Winifred Black, a lady journalist, furnishes the following
vivid account of her experiences in reaching Galveston : " I begged,
cajoled and cried my way through the line of soldiers with
drawn swords, who guard the wharf at Texas City, and sailed
across the bay on a little boat, which is making irregular trips to
meet the relief trains from Houston.
"The engineer who brought our train down from Houston
spent the night before groping around in the wrecks on the beach
looking for his wife and three children. He found them, dug a
rude grave in the sand, and set up a little board marked with
ALL HAD LOST LOVED ONES.
" The man in front of me on the car had floated all Monday
night with his wife and mother on a part of the roof of his little
home. He told me that he kissed his wife good-bye at midnight
and told her that he could not hold on any longer; but he did hold
on, dazed and half-conscious, until the day broke and showed him
that he was alone on his piece of drift-wood. He did not even
know when the woman that he loved had died.
"Every man on the train-there were no women there-had
lost some one that he loved in the terrible disaster, and was going
across the bay to try and find some trace of his family-all except
the four men in my party. They were from outside cities-St.
Louis, New Orleans and Kansas City. They had lost a large
amount of property and were coming down to see if anything could
be saved from the wreck.
" They had been sworn in as deputy sheriffs in order to get
into Galveston. The city is under martial law, and no human being
who can't account for himself to the complete satistaction of the
officers in charge can hope to get through. We sat on the deck of
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Lester, Paul. The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/353/: accessed November 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .