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: 462
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462 RELIEF TRAINS AND HOSPITALS.
go down and get the cars into shape. We'll get down to your
place, my man, just as fast as the Lord will let us.'
"The man on horseback leaned over his saddle and tried to
speak. Something in his face frightened me, I called to two doctors.
They ran out and caught him. He was in a dead faint.
When we had brought him to he laughed sheepishly. 'I don't
know what's the matter with me,' he said. 'Ain't never been
taken this way before.' The doctors looked at each other and
smiled, but the nurses' eyes were full of tears. The man had
not tasted food for thirty-six hours, and he had ridden fifty miles
in the broiling sun of Texas. Dr. Crossway and his men are
down the island relieving the sick and burying the dead.
"'Alkali Ike,' they call Dr. Crossway, that is because he is
tall and rawboned and comes from Texas himself. If a man gets
a nickname in this part of the world you know that he is loved.
The women and children who came from the district where
'Alkali Ike' is working know his name and their eyes fill with
grateful tears at the mention of it. The hospital at Galveston is
well named. The corps is effectively organized and we hear from
there that they are doing splendid work. Our own hospital here
in Houston is in ship-shape condition.
"We have built a partition or two, put up temporary quarters
for a dressing room for the nurses and doctors. The great
ice boxes are filled and the range, which burned wood, has been
replaced with a gas range to keep the heat down as much as
"There is a little railing just back of the great wide door of
the hospital where the entrance to the theater used to be and there
the relieving nurse sits with her assistants. The bookkeeper has
her desk there and the man who answers inquirers is standing
"This is no ordinary hospital work. People come crowding
to the doors, and nearly all night they come. Some of them are
hungry, some of them are sick, some of them are hunting for
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/m1/520/: accessed May 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .