The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 463
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RELIEF TRAINS AND HOSPITALS. 463
missing friends, and some are merely curious. Some are neighbois
who come to offer help, some are women bringing delicacies
to offer to the sick. It takes the entire time of three persons to
attend to this crowd of visitors intelligently.
" We are keeping records of every case entered at the hospital.
The name and age and final disposition of the case. These names
and the facts concerning them are kept on the books for reference,
so that people are easily identified, and so that any one who has
contributed to the fund can investigate and find out just exactly
what became of the money he gave. It is hard to pick out a case
in the hospital which does not deserve special attention. A man
was brought in with three broken ribs. They were broken the
night of the storm, he having been working ever since burying
" A young man waas carried to the hospital on a stretcher late
last night who was wandering up and down the island for the past
three days trying to find the body of his young wife. He found
and buried over forty bodies which had been overlooked by the
burying committee, but he did not find his wife. He is lying-out
at the hospital now in a stupor.
SUFFERING UNTOLD AGONY.
"A boy of twelve was brought in who has been suffering
untold agony from an injury to his eye for four days. He has
not had a soul to help or to speak to him, and all he has had to
eat in that time was a handful of crackers. A woman came in at
II o'clock last night. She had a baby in her arms and three
children hanging to her skirts. None of them had tasted food for
nearly three days.
"A young girl was brought in by one of the outside corps at
9 o'clock last night. The relief corps found her huddled up in an
empty freight car, laughing and singing to amuse herself. The
doctors say food and care is all she needs to restore her to reason.
Three-fourths of the people who come in are mentally dull. The
physicians say with proper care that most of them can be cured."
One of the many touching incidents of the storm occurred at
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