The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 424
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424 WONDERFUL COURAGE OF SURVIVORS.
he goes into the mass of debris he can not imagine a condition
equal to that which exists. There are places where the wreckage
is piled so high and is in such an entangled mass that the workers
will have great difficulty in getting it cleared away. There
are some places where timber enough is stacked in a confused
heap which is of quantity sufficient to stock a good-sized lumber
yard. Houses have been torn limb from limb, as it were, and
from beneath the unexplored depths of these places more bodies
will be found.
Dr. J. Wilkes O'Neill, of Philadelphia, Secretary of the
Associate Society of the Red Cross, received a letter from President
Clara Barton, dated Galveston, September 19, in which she
CLARA BARTON'S LETTER.
'The conditions here are as much as you will gather from
what you have read. Like some other fields that we have visited,
it does not admit of exaggeration. One can scarcely imagine how
it could have been worse, and yet one sees the city fill of people
left alive; but when we think of the hundreds, and it may be even
thousands, lying buried and decaying in great heaps of debris
stretched for miles along the edge of what was once a town, it is
hard to conjecture anything worse.
"Supplies are coming in from all sides. Of course, disinfectants
were the first thought, to protect the living against the
dead. All that can be done by the purification of fire is being
done, the pyres of human sacrifice are burning day and night. I
have never had any fears of an epidemic. We have in all our
experience, you will remember, never known an epidemic to follow
a flood. There will, I believe, be no pestilence here.
"There is a portion of the town containing business houses,
which, while being terribly damaged, stood upright, and stores
with their valuable contents were entirely submerged. The streets
are filled with elegant goods, drying off, ind it will be most reasonable
charity to buy these of the merchants at the prices puton
them-which are scarcely half-in preference to using first those
that are sent, until these dealers are relieved in a measure.
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