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: 297
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the starlight. A little farther on we saw a group of strange driftwood.
We looked closer and found it to be a mass of wooden
slabs, with names and dates cut upon them, and floating on top of
them were marble stones, two of them.
DEAD WASHED FROM THEIR GRAVES.
"The graveyard, which has held tE sleeping citizens of Galveston
for many, many years, was giving up its dead. WVe pulled
up at a little wharf in the hush of the starlight; there were no
lights anywhere in the city except a few scattered lamps shining
from a few desolate, half-destroyed houses. We picked our
way up the street. The ground was slimy with the debris of
"We climbed over wreckage and picked our way through heaps
of rubbish. The terrible, sickening odor almost overcame us,
and it was all that I could do to shut my teeth and get through
the streets somehow. The soldiers were camping on the wharf
front, lying stretched out on the wet sand, the hideous, hideous
sand, stained and streaked in the starlight with dark and cruel
blotches. They challenged us, but the marshal took us through
under his protection. At every street corner there was a guard,
and every guard wore a six-shooter strapped around his waist.
"We got to the hotel after some terrible nightmare fashion,
plodding through dim streets like a line of forlorn ghosts in a
half-forgotten dream. General McKibben, commander in charge
of the Texas Division, was in the hotel parlor reading dispatches.
He was horrified to see me.
" How in the world did you get here ?" he said. "I would
not let any woman belonging to me come into this place of horror
for all the money in America.
OLD SOLDIER SHUDDERED AT THE SIGHTS.
"I am an old soldier, madame. I have seen many battlefields,
but let me tell you that since I rode across the bay the other
night and helped the man at the boat steer to keep away from the
floating bodies of dead women and little children I have not slept
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/m1/355/: accessed April 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .