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: 408
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408 THE STORM'S MURDEROUS FURY.
" Men strive for the art of remembering-lo, now we beg that
some great magician may teach us how to forget. To forget the horror
of it all; and the sobbing and the prayers. To forget the wail of
the mother bereft of her young, and women's prayers that came echoing
back from the flinty sky. To forget the death struggles of the
legion of the dead, and the cries of 'Mamma! Mamma!' as the
screaming little ones were sucked into the throat of the tide. To
forget that the sweet-voiced nuns bound the charity orphans
together in lots and committed them to the care of God-to forget
that the reaper came with the storm in his heart and the salt spray
in his beard and gathered them by sheaves. Do not talk of consolation-there
is none. Try to forget. Muffle your clamoring
church bells-their noisy songs blend illy with the screams of
despairing mothers beating their breasts and calling to their dead.
To-day your prayers are useless, and the solemn organ's mellow
tide can be freighted only with a requiem for the.lost. 0, for the
sadness of it all; and the sobbing and the tears; for the cries of
women and the thunder of the tide; for the shouting of men and
the burials in the sea.
LABORERS' HEROIC WORK.
Under date of the I8th the condition of the city was stated to
be as follows:
Slowly but surely the streets are assuming a decent appearance,
and in a few days all evidence of the storm on the streets of the
business district will have been removed. A large force of men
are working systematically, and the beneficial result is shown in
every quarter. The greatest amount of wreckage is piled high
along the beach and for several blocks inland, where hundreds of
homes fell victims to the rush of waters and devastating hurricane
that swept that portion of the city bare. The amount of debris in
the district extending from the extreme eastern end of the island to
the western city limits, and even beyond that point, is incalculable,
and the manner in which the storm packed this long ridge of
wreckage challenges the heroic efforts of the army of laborers
engaged in its removal.
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