The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 409
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THE STORM'S MURDEROUS FURY. 409
But great progress has been made and is being made. The
work cannot be described in words, even as the devastation wrought
by the awful storm defies description. One must visit the scene
and note the progress of the work in order to gain an intelligent
idea of what it was and what is being done.
MORE VICTIMS EVERY HOUR.
As the force of wreckers make inroads into the mountains of
debris the bodies of more victims are unearthed every hour. And
the end is not yet. A most conservative estimate of the dead and
missing is enough to prove that the wreckage yet undisturbed will
reveal several hundred more dead who perished in the storm.
There is no doubt that at least 200 or 300, perhaps many more,
bodies were carried to sea, and that the number of bodies recovered
and to be recovered and accounted for will fall short of the actual
number of creatures who were hurled into eternity while the storm
The record kept shows that ninety-eight bodies were reported
as having been dug from the ruins yesterday. But it is known
that this record is not a complete list of the bodies found and disposed
of. For the first three days after the storm bodies were
found by the score and disposed of by the parties finding them.
Some of these persons kept a sort of record. Others, acting upon
the impulse of the moment and what they deemed their duty,
stopped in their search along the beach to bury the poor unfortu,
iates whom they found in and about the ruins and debris.
Several important orders were issued from military headquarters,
Brigadier-General Scurry commanding. The most important,
perhaps, to the general public was an order which decrees that heroic
measures are necessary for the preservation of the health of the
community. It is ordered that all persons occupying houses within
one block of debris which is presumed to contain dead bodies will
have to vacate the premises temporarily.
This step has been taken by the military authorities in charge
of the city after deliberate consideration and consultation with the
Board of Health and the general committee charged with looking
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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/m1/467/: accessed December 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .