36 A NIGHT ()tF IH(IRRORS.
the water, anld was carried ten biocks by the hurricane. A woman
XwVl llad just given btirtll to a clild was carried from her home to
a house a block discant, tlle men who were carrying her having to
hold lier lhig-l above heads, as the water was five feet deep when
slie was moved.
" Many stories were current of houses falling and inmates
escapinlg. Clarellce X. Ousley, editor of tle Evening Tribune,
liad his family alid tlie families of two neighbors ill his house when
tlle lower half crumblled anld tlle upper part slipped down into the
water. No one ill the house was liurt.
" The XMistrot HIouse, in the West End, was turned into a hospital.
All of tlhe regular hospitals of the city were unavailable.
Of the new Southern Pacific Works little remains but the piling.
Half a million feet of lunlber was carried away, and Engineer
Boschke says, as far as the company is concerned, it might as well
start over again.
EIGHT OCEAN STEAMERS STRANDED.
Eight oceall steamlers were torn from their moorings and
stranded in tlie bay. Thie Kendall Castle was carried over the
flats at Thirty-third street wharf to Texas City, and lies in the
wreckage of the Ilnman pier. The Norwegial steamer Gyller is
stranded between Texas City and Virginia Point. An ocean liner
was swirled around through the west bay, crashed through the bay
bridges, and is now lying in a few feet of water near the wreckage
of the railroad bridges.
" The steamship Taunton was carried across Pelican Point and
is stranded about ten miles up the east bay. The XMallory steamer
Alamo was torn from her wharf and dashed upon Pelican flats, and
against the bow of the British steamer Red Cross, which had previously
been hurled there. The stern of the Alamo is stove in
and the bow of thle Red Cross is crushed. Down the channel to
the jetties two other ocean steamslhips lie grounded. Some schooners,
barges and smaller craft are strewn bottom side up along the
slips of the piers. The tug Louise, of the Houston Direct Navigation
Company, is also a wreck.
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 August 20, 2014.