The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 369
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AN ISLAND OF DESOLATION.
of loss come out. They are hysterical, half crazy, paralyzed and
utterly dejected. There has been so such death and so much ruin
that they don't know which way to turn or what to do.
There has been much complaint on the part of visitors that
the men don't go to work and help clear the debris from the
streets. This job alone would give three thousand men a month's
hard work. But a man can't work when he has before him the
vision of his loved ones hurled to death in an instant and thinks
of what has happened.
A mlan who lost a wife and children, no matter how strong he
may be, can't get his mind on the necessities of this town when
he thinks of his family among the seven hundred sunk in the sea
last Monday or the thousand burned in trenches on the beach
yesterday. If he does not become a naniac or does not commit
suicide it is a wonder, if one will stop to think of it for a minute.
They will come around after a while and will do their part.
Thousands of them have not slept since last Friday night and
may not sleep for a week to come. Pity them, for God knows their
shattered lives are enough to drive almost any of us insane if we
should stop to think.
J. W. Maxwell, general superintendent of the Missouri
Kansas and Texas Railway; J. W. Allen, general freight manager
of the same road, and Major G. W. Foster, of the Southwe
tern Telegraph and Telephone Company, got in yesterday
from Texas City. Coming across the bay, Mr. Maxwell said, not
less than 300 bodies were seen floating in the wafer, and many
more were being buried on the mainland shore. This proves
what many have contended from the first, that the casualties
from the beginning have been understated. Under the debris of
wrecked houses all over the city there is every reason to believe
there are hundreds of bodies, and these must be disposed of as
early as possible. In the rafts of the bay there are yet many
bodies which must be looked for.
It will never be possible to get the names of all who are lost,
Here’s what’s next.
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