The great Galveston disaster, containing a full and thrilling account of the most appalling calamity of modern times including vivid descriptions of the hurricane Page: 401
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THE STORM'S .MURDEROUS FURY. 4l
was one of the mothers, and whose new-born baby was christened
William Henry. The experiences of this mother, if they could be
reduced to words, would read like the wildest fiction. Only a chapter
was learned, as told by Mother Joseph. Mrs. Heldemain' ws
thrown on the mercies of the storm when her home went down
and was swept away. The family had been separated when they
started to abandon their home to the greed of the battling storm.
When Mrs. Heldeman was carried away on the roof ot a
wrecked cottage she lost all trace of the other nembers of the family,
but never lost faith and courage. The roof struck some obstruction,
and the next instant Mrs. Heldeman was hurled from her
improvised raft and landed in a trunk which was rocked on the
surging waters. Crampled up in the trunk, the poor woman was
protected to a limited extent and was afforded much warmth. On
went the trunk, tossed high on the treacherous sea, bumping
against driftwood, until the crude bark was hurled against the
Ursuline Convent walls and was hauled into the building.
CLEARING THE STREETS.
The following report of the situation at Galveston bears date
of September I 7th: The work of clearing the streets of debris
and wreckage is progressing steadily and with systematic rapidity.
The military authorities have gradually perfected the system and
divided the labors so that there is comparatively no interruption or
delay in the gigantic undertaking.
To-day the reports filed at General Scurry's headquarters up
to 9 o'clock to-night reported the recovery and disposition of but
forty-five bodies. A reporter, who made the rounds of about
twenty gangs in charge of removing debris, noted the finding of
130 bodies of men, women and children and this report is known
to be incomplete for the day's work.
City Health Officer Wilkinson stated that he estimated that
40 per cent. of the debris of every description had been removed.
from the streets; that 95 per cent. of the dead bodies had been disposed
of, and that 95 per cent. of the carcasses of animals had been
removed from the city. But as the work of removing debris goes
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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/m1/459/: accessed July 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .