The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 318
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Startling Havoc Made by the Angry Storm-Vessels Far Out
on the Prairie-Urgent Call for Millions of DollarsTangled
Wires and Mountains of Wreckage.
COLONEL "BILL" STERRETT, a well-known publisher of
Austin, went to Galveston after the storm and the sights he
saw during his stay there are thus described by him:
" How to commence the story bothers. Whether to start out
with the absolute truth and wind the sheet about the whole thing
with the simple expression' unspeakable' or to go on and hint the
details inexpressibly sad, intimate the horrors, is the question.
"It would be better for the heart if a veil could fall from
heaven and conceal what it has done. It would be better if a fog,
thick, like a wall, should come up between the sea and the land
that the latter might never see the crime of the former. For if
calm humanity shrieked against the awfulness of the one element,
it has done it now.
"The broad pampa between Houston and Galveston had been
flooded. The towns which in the last ten years had grown were
scared and torn by this fiend. Its anger was shown in pastures as
well as in towns, and yet none knew the fury of it. There were reports
of destruction further on, and the truth of them impressed
each man in the cars as the cars counted off its rattleteteck in tolloff
" Against a barbed wire fence the bloated carcasses of cattle
had floated, their swollen limbs stiff toward the sky, and yet others
browsed around in the meadow now which was a roaring sea but
four days ago. The sight was the first he saw of death, and every
man in the car, as to avoid the fear that arose in the mind of each,
began to express wonder how this could be, that is, that some of
these poor brutes were dead and others living. There were vessels
of all tonnage, kinds and degrees on the prairie.
"Out there was a tramp steamship, the other way was the
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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/m1/376/: accessed November 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .