April
A black-and-white archival photograph of a cart piled with bodies, covered by a tarpaulin, driven by a horse. Text at the bottom reads "Removing Dead Bodies to the Barges for Burial at Sea"

Isaac’s Storm Reader’s Guide #20 – “‘Not Dead'”

The city recovers from the storm and attempts to deal with the dead bodies. There is no time or space for burying, so they attempt to bury them “at sea” by dumping hundreds of bodies from a barge into the Gulf of Mexico. Unfortunately, many of the bodies land back on the shore, making the problem worse. City leaders are left with no choice but to burn the bodies in large piles. Rumors, often racist in nature, begin to spread through the town. The smell of death permeates every part of Galveston Help begins to arrive from various sources. Some of the gifts are not very useful, but some are life-saving.
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March
A photograph of storm damage on homes with stilts, taken from a helicopter

Isaac’s Storm Reader’s Guide #15 – “Louisa Rollfing” and “Parents and Their Choices”

In “Louisa Rollfing”, which continues the Rollfing’s story from p. 154, August realizes that his wife was right about leaving. He hires a horse and buggy driver to take his family to her mother’s house. The streets are flooded, however, so she travels to his sister’s house. At 2:00 p.m., the wind changes direction. Louisa and her sister-in-law’s family prepare the home for the storm.
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A color photograph of dark semi-circular storm clouds approaching a metropolitan area.

Isaac’s Storm Reader’s Guide #14 – “A Gathering of Toads?”

As the storm worsens, Isaac begins to worry. Reports come in about storm damage and danger. Isaac will later claim that he attempted to warn people on the beach, but this is not the case. Instead, he sends a message to Willis Moore (head of the U.S. Weather Bureau) through his “assistant” – his brother Joseph. Then he goes home for lunch.
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A black and white birds-eye photograph of a train off its tracks in soggy dirt.

Isaac’s Storm Reader’s Guide #13 – “‘You Can’t Frighten Me'” and “The Lost Train”

In “‘You Can’t Frighten Me'”, Rabbi Henry Cohen, who is the leader of the Jewish synagogue (place of worship for people of the Jewish faith) in Galveston, is headed home after Sabbath services (the Jewish faith counts Saturday, rather than Sunday, as the Sabbath). Cohen is known around town as a person who gives good advice, even to non-Jewish people. He sees a number of people who have left their homes for a safer area, and he tries to help them. In the pouring rain, he hands out blankets and food. The electricity in the area has gone out. After returning home, Cohen and his wife, Mollie, show confidence that the storm is nothing special. In truth, however, they are only trying to appear confident in front of others (especially children). They begin to play music as the water begins to rise.
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