The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 366
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classes of society and station and condition, were represented in
that putrid mass. The unwilling men who were performing this
awful task were compelled to bind cloths about their nostrils
while they were at work, and occasionally citizens passed whiskey
among them to nerve them to their duty.
Who can conceive of the horror of this ?
After awhile the seven hundred dead were piled upon the
barge and a tug pulled them slowly out to sea. Eighteen miles
out, where the sea was rolling high, amid the soughing white caps,
with God's benediction breathed in the moaning winds, all that
was mortal of these seven hundred was consigned to the mystic
caves of the deep.
And yet, this was but another incident of the sad tragedy of
which we write.
STORIES OF SORROW.
George H. Walker, of San Antonio, known well in theatrical
circles, was a member of the party which struggled all day Tuesday
to get to Galveston, and he landed late at night. It was an
anxious day for him, for this was the city of his birth and before
the storm he had six brothers and five sisters living here, in addition
to his son, an aunt and his mother-in-law.
He found his son safe and many other members of his family..
They told him how the boy, Earl, a lad of 15, had at the height of
the tempest placed his grandmother, Mrs. C. S. Johnson, on the
roof of the house after it was floating in the current, and had made
a second trip to bring his aunt to the roof. When the lad returned
the grandmother was gone, finding in the raging current her final
peace. 'rhe boy and his aunt, another Mrs. Johnson, clung to the
roof throughout and successfully weathered the gale.
George Walker found later on, however, that his brother Joe,
and his stepbrother, Nick Donley, had been swept away to feed
the fury of the storm.
I met W. R. Knight, of Dallas, who arrived yesterday at
noon. He told me that he had found his mother, two unmarried
sisters and married a sister, Mrs. E. Webster, safe. But he, too,
Here’s what’s next.
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