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having been in temporary quarters, which gave them no protection
against the tempest or flood. No report has been received from the
Catholic Orphan Asylum down the island, but it seems impossible
that it could have withstood the hurricane. If it fell, all the
inmates were, no doubt, lost, for there was no aid within a mile.
"The bay front from end to end is in ruins. Nothing but
piling and the wreck of great warehouses remain. The elevators
(lost all their superworks, and their stocks are damaged by water.
The life-saving station at Fort Point was carried away, the crew
being swept across the bay fourteen miles to Texas City. I saw
Captain Haynes, and he told me that his wife and one of his crew
WRECKAGE SWEPT ACROSS THE BAY.
"The shore at Texas City contains enough wreckage to
rebuild a city. Eight persons who were swept across the bay
during the storm were picked up there alive. Five corpses were
also picked up. There were three fatalities in Texas City. In
addition to the living and the dead which the storm cast up at
Texas City, caskets and coffins from one of the cemeteries at
Galveston were being fished out of the water there yesterday. In
the business portion of thie city two large brick buildings, one
occupied by Knapp Brothers and the other by the Cotton Exchange
saloon, collapsed. In the Cotton Exchange saloon there were about
fifteen persons. Most of them escaped.
"The cotton mills, the bagging factory, the gas works, the
electric light works and nearly all the industrial establishments of
the city are either wrecked or crippled. The flood left a slime about
one inch deep over the whole city, and unless fast progress is made
in burying corpses and carcasses of animals there is danger of
pestilence. Some of the stories of the escapes are miraculous.
William Nisbett, a cotton man, was buried in the ruins of the
'Cotton Exchange saloon, and when dug out in the morning had no
further injury than a few bruised fingers.
" Dr. S. O. Young, Secretary of the Cotton Exchange, was
knocked senseless when his house collapsed, but was revived by
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. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/. Accessed April 20, 2015.