The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 300
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300 RESCUE OF THE PERISHING.
narrow street, and I looked back and saw the negro running, with
a crowd at his heels. The crowd caught him and would have
killed him but a policeman came up. They tied his hands and
took him through the streets with a whooping rabble at his heels.
It goes hard with a man in Galveston caught looting the dead in
" A young man well known in the city shot and killed a negro
who was cutting the ears from a living woman's head to get her
earrings out. The negro lay in the streets like a dead dog, and
not even the members of his own race would give him the tribute of
a kindly look.
DESOLATION ON EVERY SIDE.
" The abomination of desolation reigns on every side. The big
houses are dismantled, their roofs gone, windows broken, and the
high water mark showing inconceivably high on the paint. The
little houses are gone-either completely gone as if they were
made of cards and a giant hand which was tired of playing with
them had swept them all off the board and put them away, or they
are lying in heaps of kindling wood covering no one knows what
" The main streets of the city are pitiful. Here and there a
shop of some sort is left standing. South Fifth street looks like
an old man's jaw, with one or two teeth portruding. The merchant's
are taking their little stores of goods that have been left
them and are spreading them out in the bright sunshine, trying
to make some husbanding of their small capital. The water
rushed through the stores, as it did through the houses, in an
irresistible avalanche that carried all before it. The wonder is
not that so little of Galveston remains standing, but that there is
any of it at all.
" Every street corner has its story, in its history of misery and
human agony bravely endured. The eye-witnesses of a hundred
deaths have talked to me and told me their heart rendering stories,
and not one of them has told of a cowardly death.
"The women met their fate as did the men, bravely, and for
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