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: 472
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472 RELIEF TRAINS AND HOSPITALS.
acters who but represented a story of man's imaginative mind.
Not so with this.
No curtain can be drawn and the stage remains ever before
them. They have it now as a desolate picture to gaze upon, and
they will have it forever, wander where they will upon this earth's
surface. No curtain can force it from the mind, and no effort can
efface it from the tablets of memory. Many of the actors in this
great drama are not here. Some of them yet remain, and their
stories are stranger than fiction which Jules Verne or Dumas have
Amid the smoke of battle, when men meet men in armed conflict,
and thousands fall beneath the leaden hail, there is time
taken to make a trench and consign to a resting place the bodies
of the fallen thousands, and the chaplain has his moment to ask
a merciful God to receive His own. Not so with this. No trench
can be made for those people who have been found where the angry
waters threw them up, where the falling timbers caught them, or
where they are floating on the waters of a waved lashed shore.
QUICK WORK NEEDED.
They are disposed of, not as humanity would direct, or as
sentiment dictates, but as necessity demands, and it is not with
the accompaniment of a clergyman's prayer, or the simple words
of the man of the cloth, that "God has given and God has taken
away, blessed be the name of the Lord; earth to earth, dust to
dust and ashes to ashes." Bodies have been consigned to that
element which destroyed the vitality of the material-the water
and the waves which came from the storm tossed Gulf of Mexico
to invade the portion of land which nature set aside for the habitation
This could not be continued for long. The conception of
man's mind, which first suggested this disposition, proved to be
wise judgment in the first emergency, but nature's laws prevented
a continuance of the plan, and it became necessary to turn to a
quicker and more convenient method, as the decomposition which
fast begau a destruction of the mortal, rendered handling impos
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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/m1/530/: accessed April 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .