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DIEID IN EFFORTS TO SAVNE OTHERS. 379
fathoms of the sea. He says they may be the means of identification
of three lost ones. No; there can be no identification;
but who can tell the tender secrets which these circlets pledged ?
Identification is impossible deep down among the mysteries of
The tragedy grows greater every moment. The romances
dead to the world, the grief lost beneath the wave or carried to
the vapors above the earth, the aching hearts soothed by lasting
peace, the tired souls in the arms of endless rest, the ambitions
stilled by the calm which banishes the anguish of life's dreary
struggle-it matters not what these rings may bring to mindwe
are yet confronted with the loss of the thousands who shall
never again press these wave-kissed shores. The sentiment of
this people is, God rest every one who sleeps beneath the wave,
and gather to everlasting peace the ashes of all whose funeral
pyres were built of these shattered homes.
A DAY OF ANGUISH.
It has been a day of anguish like all the days of this week
have been. There has been no cessation of tear-stained faces
appearing here and there to tell of the lost. And it is a wonder
if the end of this sad divulgence will ever come. A motherless
boy or a fatherless girl, a now childless another or father, or whatever
it may be, they still come to tell of their woe, and the stolid
men who glide over the water or who search the shore, still bring
in the swollen and unrecognizable victims of the storm. It will
end some day, and agonizing hearts may rest the painful throbbings
of this hour.
It matters not how great the numbers of the dead, they are
numerous enough to shock the sympathies of the world, and they
are gone forever. But we fear to look upon the sea, lest some
heartless wave shall bring to view the cold, stark form of somebody
whom somebody loved. The victims are still growing into
larger thousands, and the bereft are still coining in to tell of
losses. It is a continued story of anguish and death, such as
Texas has never known before and will never know again.
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 including vivid descriptions of the hurricane, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/437/: accessed April 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .