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458 GALVESTON STORM STORIES.
strong was the desire to prevent them being in an unmarked
grave, or consigned to the deep, or perhaps cremated with hundreds
of others, that they decided to continue until every chance
of a success was lost. Thursday at noon they were successful.
They had searched for six miles west, and two to two and a half
miles across, when suddenly Isaac recognized a shirt worn by a
body which he found.
IDENTIFIED BY LAUNDRY MARK.
"It was a blue garment, one the brother had worn when
with one of these brothers who was searching, and its color and
cut brought to mind days when he and the lost one were
together in happiness and in health. They investigated and turning
back the collar they found the initials of their lost brother, as
the garment had been marked by the laundry. This removed all
doubt, -and the body was put into a box and prepaired for burial.
It had badly decomposed, having laid for five days where the
waves cast it, beneath the warm rays of a summer sun, and exposed
to the elements of the night. With the helpers they succeeded in
gathering it tenderly into the confines of a rough box.
" 'They dug out a grave a few feet deep,
And there in earth's arms they laid him to sleep.'
"They did not abandon the search because of finding one
body, but continued it further on, and at 3 P. M. they found the
boy. The little fellow was not far from his father, showing that
the two had remained together !as long as life remained in the
parent. He was identified beyond all doubt. He was laid by the
father. The two graves were marked, and it is the intention of
the surviving brothers to have the bodies removed to the family
lot in Dallas as soon as conditions justify. They will continue
the search for the body of Mrs. Ed Jalonick and the little girl."
It is at a time like the occasion of the Galveston storm when
real heroes are made, when individuals become men of the hour,
and when the true manhood of a .man is made known to his fellows.
The silent, modest, quiet man of every day life has never
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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/m1/516/: accessed July 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .