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: 324
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324 HAVOC MAADE BY THE ANGRY STORM.
funeral would have seemed more terrible-more solemln-than a
pile of cremated bodies.
"The tales of looting are only too true, and as I passed northward
in a sailboat on Tuesday I heard the shots ring out which
told that some ghoul was paying the penalty. Galveston will rise
again on the old site, and without as much difficulty as is at
present anticipated. Most of the people will, however, try and live
on the mainland.
Miss Sarah E. Pilkington, a well-known young woman of
Chester, Penna., was one of those who escaped the terrible storm
which broke over Galveston. Miss Pilkington left Houston just
a few hours before the dreadful storm broke, but she was sufficiently
near its origin to hear the rush and roar of the wind. " I
distinctly remember," said she, " the approach of the hurricane.
It sounded like two express trains, each rumbling in opposite
directions. Suddenly there was a loud report similar to the noise
of a big collision, and the tornado was separated, one portion
going in the direction of Galveston, the other wending its way
toward Houston. I was staying at Milliken."
For some time after the hurricane Miss Pilkington could not
be communicated with, and it was thought for a week that she had
perished in the tornado.
NO TIME TO DIG GRAVES.
Galveston, Texas, Tuesday.-The work of digging bodies
from the mass of wreckage still continues. More than 400 bodies
were taken out of the debris which lines the beach front to-day.
With all that has been done to recover bodies buried beneath or
pinned in the immense rift, the work has hardly started. There
is no time to dig graves, and the bodies, beaten and bruised beyond
identification, are hastily consigned to the flames.
Volunteers for this work are coming in fast. Men who have
heretofore avoided the dead under ordinary conditions are now
working with vigorous will and energy in putting them away.
Under one pile of wreclkge this afternoon twenty bodies were taken
out and cremated. In another pile a man pulled out the bodies of
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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/m1/382/: accessed July 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .