The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 363
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AN ISLAND OF DESOLATION. 363
ence of the agony of the thousands who loved the 5000 souls who
took leave of life amid the wild surging waters and pitiless tempest
of last Saturday night ?
After surveying the dismantled business section of the city,
a cabman made his tortuous way through the residence sections.
It was a slow journey, for the streets were jammed with houses,
furniture, cooking utensils, bedding, clothing, carpets, window
frames, and everything imaginable, to say nothing of the numerous
carcasses of the poor horses, cows and other domestic animals.
HOUSES COMPLETELY CAPSIZED.
Some of the houses were completely capsized, some were flat
upon the ground with not one timber remaining upon another,
,others were unroofed, some were twisted into the most fantastic
shapes, and there were still others with walls intact, but which
had been stripped of everything in the way of furniture. It is not
an uncommon thing for the wind at high velocity to perform
miraculous things, but this blast, which came at the rate of 120
miles an hour, repeated all the tricks the wind has ever enacted,
and gave countless new manifestations of its mysterious power.
It were idle to undertake to tell the curious things to be seen in
the desolate residence streets; how the trees were uprooted and
driven through houses; how telegraph poles were driven under
car tracks; how pianos were transferred from one house to
More ominous than all this were the vast piles of debris, from
which emanated odors which told of dead victims beneath, men,
women and children, whose silent lips will never reveal the agony
from which death alone released them.
More sorrowful still the tear-stained faces of the women, halfclad,
who looked listlessly from the windows, haunted by memories
from which they can never escape-the loss of babies torn
from their breasts and hurled into a maelstrom of destruction, to
be seen no more forever.
What were those dismantled homes to the dismantled hearts
within ? How can it be described ? Will the world ever know
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, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/421/: accessed February 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .