The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 299
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RESCUE OF THE PERISHING. 299
the storm cannot realize the tenth part of the misery these people
"I asked a prominent member of the Citizens' Committee this
morning where I should go to see the worst work which the storm
had done. He smiled at me a little, pitifully. His house, every
dollar he had in the world, and his children were swept away from
him last Saturday night.
" Go?" said he. " Why, anywhere within two blocks of the
very heart of the city you will see misery enough in half an hour
to keep you awake for a week of sleepless nights."
"I went toward the heart of the city. I do not know what the
names of the streets were or where I was going. I simply picked
my way though masses of slime and rubbish, which scar the
beautiful wide streets of the once beautiful city. They won't bear
looking at, those piles of rubbish. There are things there that
gripe the heart to see-a baby's shoe, for instance, a little red
shoe, with a jaunty tasseled lace-a bit of a woman's dress and
letters. Oh, yes, I saw these things myself, and the letters were
wet and grimed with the marks of the cruel sea, but there were a
few lines legible in it.
" Oh, my dear, " it read, "the time seems so long. When can
we expect you back ? " Whose hand had written, or who had
received, no one will ever know.
THE STENCH IS OVERPOWERING.
"The stench from these piles of rubbish is almost over-powering.
Down in the very heart of the city most of the dead bodies
have been removed, but it will not do to walk far out. To-day I
came upon a group of people in a by-street, a man and two
women, colored. The man was big and muscular, one of the
women was old and one was young. They were dipping in a heap
of rubbish, and when they heard my footsteps the man turned an
evil, glowering face upon me and the young woman hid something
in the folds of her dress. Human ghouls, these, prowling
in search of prey.
"A moment later there was noise and excitement in the little
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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/m1/357/: accessed January 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .