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: 319
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dredge boat; there were yachts, schooners and launches, but near
us was the hobby horse of a child. And so help me, I would
rather have seen all the vessels of the earth stranded high and dry
than to have seen this child's toy, standing right out on that
prairie, masterless. Because one represented-well, why, say God,
man's heart is so weak. But surely b will forgive it when it is
soft for those who are weak.
" Debris of all kinds covered the prairie. It was from Galveston,
because it could be from no other place. Every ant hill was
covered with the remnants of homes in the city, six miles away.
There were lace curtains, furniture of all kinds, but mostly of the
cheap kind. There were toys, ladies' toilet articles, bed clothes,
and, in fact, everything that goes to make up a home. This point
was Texas City, six miles away from Galveston, across the bay.
The town had suffered badly.
GENTLE AS A COUNTRY POND.
"Human lives were lost there, and the agony of it was great,
but above all was the idea, 'What of across the bay ?' It was six
miles dead across, and a schooner was in waiting to take us over.
But before it landed there was a chance of observation of the bay,
in which the waters now gently lisped. For the bay was as gentle
as a country pond. It lisped and kissed the few blades of grass
that grew down where the rise and fall of the ridge was natural.
It did not moan like the sea. It merely gurgled. But every little
wave threw up and agitated the dead. Bloated horses and cows
which provident housekeepers in the city across the water had
owned and petted were there. Chickens, rats, dogs, cats and everything,
it seemed, that breathed, was there, dead and swollen and
making the air nauseous.
" But by their sides were people. The worn-out people of the
district, having saved their own lives and buried their dead, were
quick to respond to natural instincts and do right by their kind. I
saw them take swollen women and swollen men and swollen chil.
dren and with quick shift place them in two-foot graves. It was
terrible, but what could they do ?
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/m1/377/: accessed March 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .