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AN ISLAND ()F DESOLATION. 3;7
had his sorrow. A sister, Mri. Ida Toothaker, and her daughter
Etta, were lost, and his brother-in-law, E. Webster, Sr., and five
children, Charley, George, Kenneth, Julia and Sarah, had joined
the other two loved ones on the bosom of the unresting sea.
How many stories of sorrow like this that remain to be told
cannot now be numbered. The anxious people who have been
straggling into Galveston from a distance have usually found
some dear relative or many of them missing and numbered among
the thousands who became in a few brief hours the victims of the
It is with reluctance that I relate one case that cane under
my own observation. It was so horrible that perhaps it ought not
tobe told at all, but only such instances can convey a faint idea of
the horror of the Galveston disaster. \While rowing near the Huntington
wharves the naked upturned body of an unfortunate woman
was observed floating in the water, with a half-born infant plainly
MASSACRE OF THE LIVING.
Mr. L. H. Lewis, of Dallas, arrived yesterday looking for his
son, George Cabell Lewis, who was found alive and well. Mr.
Lewis said "I helped to bury sixteen at Texas City last (Tuesday)
night-all Galveston victims. They buried fifty-eight there
Tuesday. Coming down Buffalo bayou I saw numberless legs
and arms, mostly of women and children, protruding from the
nuck. I believe there are hundreds of women and children near
the mouth of the bayou. As soon as menl can be found to do the
work these poor victims should be looked after. Unquestionably
most of them were from Galveston Island. Among other things
I saw were tombstones with inscriptions in German and rusty
caskets which had been beached by the waves."
The cruel elements were not content to massacre the living,
but had to invade the silent homes of the unoffending dead.
No man has been busier comforting the grief-stricken people
of Galveston than Dr. R. C. Buckner of the Buckner Orphan Home
in Dallas county. He leaves Thursday morning for his institu-
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