The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 394
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394 THE STORM'S MURDEROUS FURY.
Slates from the roofs hurtled over the heads. One of these would
have cut off the head of a man as easily as a guillotine. There
are thousands of mangled and wounded people in the town. One
poor fellow was picked up alive at Texas City. He was cut in
fifty places on his body. The tendons of his arms and legs were
exposed. Others were hacked as if they had been laid down and
scored as cooks score their meats. One-half the dead, perhaps,
were relieved of their agony through these missiles of the storm.
CRUSHED BY A PIECE OF TIMBER.
One poor woman was carrying her child and its head was
crushed by a piece of timber. It did not even whimper, yet she
carried the dead infant at her breast for three long hours before it
was torn from her grasp. When one sees the debris piled twenty
feet high, in many places on the backbone of the island-that is,
along Q street, running east and west-and when one sees the
broad prairies for miles and miles covered with the wreckage that
came from Galveston across the bay, the wonder with him will be
that anything out on the waters that fearful night escaped to look,
not tell, the story of that fearful night. For few can tell it; all
Something of the strength of the winds and waves can be
known when it is stated that along the beach at Texas cities I saw
dead turtles even. Fish floated dead in the bay. They may have
come from some wrecked fishing smack, and I am inclined to take
this view of it, but there they were, covering a large space with
their dead bodies. There were thousands of rats floating about.
I saw even dead snakes along the shores. The chickens which
lined the beach along the mainland were entirely denuded of their
feathers. Not a buzzard or bird was to be seen. Not a mosquito
was heard. The wind had carried all winged things away.
Down in some parts of the debris the planks and beams and
sills of houses had been thrown together with such force that they
were driven into each other and made as solid a mass as the most
skilled workmen could join two pieces of timber. The foreman of
one of the working gangs said it was impossible to romove certain
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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/m1/452/: accessed October 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .