The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 461
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Heroic Incidents-Arrival of Relief Trains-Hospitals for
the Injured-Loud Call for
A LADY correspondent who went from Houston to view the
wreck of Galveston reported as follows:
"We are only just beginning to find out what this awful
calamity has been to the people in this vicinity. The first shock
is wearing off, the long lists of dead and missing are getting to
be an old story now, and the sick and suffering are crawling into
our places of refuge. Some of them have been sleeping on the
open prairies ever since the storm, most of them, in fact, men
with broken atms and legs, sick women and ailing children.
" They crawl out of the wreck of their homes and lie down
on the bare ground to die. Our relief corps are finding them and
bringing them in as fast as they can. Dr. Johnson and his party
came in from the Galveston district and reported that they found
over 5,000 people and attended medically about 200 patients.
"While we were standing at the door of the hospital talking
things over a man rode up on horseback. He threw his arms up
to attract our attention.
"' Is this the relief hospital ?' he said.
"Dr. Johnson told him that it was."
"'Ive come in from the Brazos bottoms," he said. 'The
folks there are starving. There is not a pound of flour left and
the children are crying for milk. There are so many sick people
there that we don't know what to do. Can you send some one
"Dr. Johnson had not slept for twenty-four hours. He had
not had time to get a full meal for thirty-six hours. He was worn
out and travel stained, but he heard what the man told him.
"' All right,' he said. He picked up his coat, put on his hat
and turned to his assistants. 'Come on, boys,' he said. 'Let us
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Lester, Paul. The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/519/: accessed April 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .