A NIGHT OF HORRORS. 41
Miss Barton telegraphed Governor Sayers, at Austin, Tex., as
"Do you need the Red Cross in Texas? We are ready."
THE DESTRUCTION INLAND.
Later details show that from Red River on the north to the
Gulf on the south and throughout the central part of the State,
Texas was storm-swept by a hurricane which laid waste property,
caused large loss of life, and effectually blocked all telegraphic and
telephonic communication south, while the operation of trains was
Starting with the hurricane which visited Galveston and the
Gulf coast Saturday noon, and which was still prevailing there to
such an extent that no communication could be had with the island
to ascertain what the loss to life and property was, the storm made
rapid inroads into the centre of the State, stopping long enough at
Houston to damage over half of the buildings of that city.
Advancing inland, the storm swept into Hempstead, fifty miles
above Houston, thence to Chappell Hill, twenty miles further;
thence to Brenham, thirty miles further, wrecking all three towns.
Several persons were killed.
The Brazos bottom suffered a large share of damage at the
hands of the hurricane, and was swept for fully Ioo miles of its
length, everything being turned topsy-turvy by the high winds, and
much destruction resulting to crops as well as farm-house property.
The winds were accompanied by a heavy rainfall, which served to
add to the horror of midnight. The telegraph and telephone companies
have large forces of men trying to rig up wires to Galveston.
The storm seems to have swept all the tableland clear of everything
on it, razing houses to the ground and tearing up trees by the roots.
It also swept into the mountain gorges and there inflicted the worst
damage, and considerable loss of life was reported from that section.
From Southwest Texas and points along the Gulf to the city
of Galveston the reports were alarming. A number of parties summering
at various points along the coast were not heard from. The
cotton was nearly ruined, as the storm swept the cotton-belt.
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 March 10, 2014.