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: 437
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WONDERFUL COURAGE OF SURVIVORS. 437
swept to sea and to mainland. Only those found on the island
and on Pelican are accounted for. Even those on the mainland
were not recorded. Some of them were from Galveston and
some were from that section.
Several hundred of these bodies were disposed of by relief
parties coming into Galveston on the first relief trains which
came near the bay shore after the storm. The trains could not
get to the bridge nor to Virginia Point, and the relief parties put
in their time burying the dead. No record was kept of this
It is not known how many bodies are still in the ruins. It is
known that there are many dead buried beneath the debris yet
undisturbed. There is absolutely no way of estimating with any
degree of accuracy how many unfortunates remain in their death
prisons beneath the mountains of wreckage yet to be released.
It is believed by some that many surprises await the removal of
all the wreckage.
LAST TRAIN OVER THE BRIDGE.
Mr. J. T. Grimes, of near Brandon, has a fine farm and is a
substantial and reliable citizen highly esteemed and respected.
He was in Galveston during the hurricane and related a remarkable
experience. He said:
"I left here Friday and got there Saturday evening. The
storm was on when we got .there. Our train was the last that
went over the bridge before it went down. The water was then
rising rapidly and nearly over the tracks. The conductor asked
if any one had ever seen it that high before. Nobody had. A
carload of cattle that followed us on the bridge went down with
" How came you to go to Galveston ? " asked the reporter.
Mr. Grimes hesitated, as if considering, then said: "Well,
sir, it was this way: I was sitting on the gallery with a baby in
my arms-the child of that man standing there, whose v fe cooks
for me. Suddenly it was just like some one came
) me and told
me to go to Galveston. It came so powerfully If prang up and
Here’s what’s next.
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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/m1/495/: accessed June 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .