The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 426
426 WONDERFUL COURAGE OF SURVIVORS.
Convent. When the storm rose to its height, and their humble
home succumbed to the destructive elements, mother and daughter
were thrown out into the surging waters.
"With one hand firmly grasping her mother, the young lady
bravely struggled against the wind and sea. At last the branches
of a large tree were sighted above the raging torrent, and mother
and daughter exerted their fast failing energies to reach the
luring tree top. As the two weary creatures neared the haven,
the daughter reached with one hand to grab a swaying branch.
She missed it and was carried backward by the wind. Another
attempt and she secured a hold, but her mother had been torn
from her embrace by the sea, and was swept to her death beneath
LODGED IN A LARGE OAK.
"In the early hours of the morning a rescuing party found
the almost lifeless form of the young lady resting in the tangled
branches of the large oak. She was carried to the home of
friends and recovered from the shock. But the thoughts of her
mother's tragic death, and the strange feeling that she was
responsible for it, weighed heavily on her heart and mind. The
haunted thoughts racked her brain and slowly undermined her
failing health until the end came, when the broken-hearted and
weary spirit responded to death's sweet sleep. 'Mother's in
heaven and I'll soon be with her,' were the last words whispered
by the girl."
The work of clearing the streets and the city in general progresses
with surprising rapidity and systematic thoroughness.
Street after street is being cleared up and the wreckage being
stacked away. In accordance with an order from military headquarters,
a new plan has been inaugurated in removing debris.
Instead of removing the debris and throwing it to one side to
remove the dead, it is ordered that the ridge of wreckage along
the beach be separated into two piles. The first pile removed is
to be stacked out near the beach, where it can be fired and consumed.
The bodies found are to be disposed of on pyres placed
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