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: 474
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474 ,RELIEF TRAINS AND HOSPITALS.
Tremont street all the way to the Denver resurvey there is not a
house standing. There are other portions of the city which are
in a similar condition, but it is impossible to tell them now.
The Sealy hospital was first reported as having been blown
away, but it survived the storm in a most remarkable manner,
notwithstanding the fact that it is situated where the raging
waters were the highest. With the exception of broken window
panes, a damaged ceiling and a good drenching of a number of
the rooms, with their contents, it is virtually unharmed. The
nurses' home, which stood opposite the infirmary and was used in
conjunction with it, was completely demolished, but with no loss
There was no loss of life among the regular inmates of the
hospitals. A number died during the storm, but they had been
brought in in a dying condition.
CLOTHED ONE THOUSAND.
One thing developed by the storm that has not been commented
upon is the manner in which the so-called " society men "
have taken hold of things. They have worked like Trojans, every
one of them, and have proven that the wearing-of good and fashionably
cut garments is no evidence of lack of manhood. Some
of the first to go out in charge of gangs of men clearing away the
debris and burying the bodies were the young fellows one meets
at cotillions and fashionable functions. To-day their fair skins
are cracked and burned with sun and wind, their hands blistered
and burned, and their clothes covered with mud and slime. They
glory in their young manhood, and are not one bit ashamed to go
about with their colarless negligee shirt open at the neck, or their
sleeves rolled up. Some of them have not shaved since the storm,
and look more like subjects for charity than many who apply for
One young man, who probably clothed one thousand people
in two days, is going around in a very much soiled, borrowed shirt.
His home was destroyed, and all the clothes he saved he had on
his back at the time. He has not had time to buy new clothing,
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/m1/532/: accessed August 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .