The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 402
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402 THE STORM'S MURDEROUS FURY.
on more bodies are being unearthed every hour. There is still an
immense amount of work to be done in this respect and in some
quarters hardly an impression has been made in the mountains of
wreckage piled up fifteen and twenty feet high.
Still the gruesome work of recovering the dead from the gigantic
mass of debris that lines the south side of what remains of the
city goes on. Yesterday 107 bodies were recovered and cremated.
Among them was a mother with a baby tightly clasped to her
breast. As the body of the mother was moved the body of the
baby rolled off. In this imperative necessity of the dispatch of the
dead tragic scenes are witnessed that move the stoutest hearts.
THE INDESCRIBABLE SUNDAY SERVICES.
The body of Major V. T. Levy, United States Immigrant
Agent of this district, was among the number. He made a gallant
struggle to save his wife and three children. All were lost, and the
bodies of the wife and children have not been recovered. They are
still among the uninterred dead, and when found will be disposed
of as the father and husband has been.
What pen can describe the religious service on Sunday? Houses
of worship ruined, congregations scattered and in despair, yet all
those who survived gathered in impromptu temples and in sorrow
and grief prayed for loved ones gone, and in humble thanksgiving
offered up their hearts for their own preservation. The scene at
the little chapel in St. Mary's University was pitiful in the extreme,
the Sacred Heart Church lying in ruins, the Jesuit fathers threw
open their private chapel to those who formerly worshipped in this
once magnificent church. Within this meagre little chapel none
could for a moment lose sight of what now existed here; many of
those who received the communion from the priests' hands know
no home other than this same building; children came to this
sacrifice of the mass bare-footed and hatless, even their expressions
showed the awe struck feeling which shrouded all.
At the low mass no sermon was preached, no word spoken, all
prayer was in silence, nothing but the words of the mass was
heard, as each heart poured forth in feeling deep and still their
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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/m1/460/: accessed November 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .