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: 416
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Unparalleled Bombardment of Waves-Wonderful Courage
Shown by the Survivors-Letter From
A VISITOR to Galveston thus gives his impressions on the
2th day after the great flood:
"For two days after the great catastrophe, the people of the
city of Galveston were stunned. They seem to be dazed. It is .
remarkable thing that there were no signs of outward grief in the
way of tears and groans to mark the misery that raged in the
breasts of the people. Only when some person who was thought
to have been dead, appeared to a relative living who had mourned
for him or her, were there any tears. There was a callousness
about all this that attracted the attention of those who had just
come to the unfortunate place. There was a stoicism in it. But
it was unexplainable. It indicated no lack of appreciation of
what had occurred.
" It demonstrated no lack of affection for those who had gone.
Nature, generous in this instance, came to their relief in a way
and made them dull to the seriousness of what had occurred, to
an extent which prevented them from becoming maniacs. For,
if the grief which comes to a mortal when he loses a dead one,
had come to this whole community, the island would have been
filled with raving maniacs. In case of individual losses, there is
always some one near to give consolation. Had the grief came
to the whole island, there could have been no consolation, for
every soul on it had lost in some way that which was dear to it.
" 'The case is just like the afterthoughts of those who have
participated in a great battle,' said an old soldier to me. 'If a
popular man was lost on the picket line, there were tears for him,
but when the time came for all to be mowed down, the horror of
it dulled the sensibilities of those who survived.'
"I was talking to an estimable and bright woman on the
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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/m1/474/: accessed June 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .