5:2 INCIDENTS OF THE AWFUL HURRICANE.
These are being rapidly gathered up and taken to temporary
morgues on the strand.
Whole families are, in many instances, wiped out of existence.
There is scarcely a falllily in the district mentioned that
did not lose one or more members, while the hospitals are crowded
with wounded beyond their capacity, and the county court house
is being converted into a hospital for their care.
The Catholic hospital down the island, was completely
demolished. All the Sisters and ninety inmates were drowned.
The waves dashed over and flooded Fort San Jacinto, demolishing
the barracks, officers' quarters, and drowning fourteen
privates, two buglers, and First Sergeant of Company 0, First
BUILDINGS DESTROYED BY THE FLOOD.
The Opera House, City Hall, Masonic TelIple, bloody's
Bank Building, Knapp's publishing house, and Ritter's saloon
and restaurant, on the strand, are wrecked. From the latter seven
dead bodies were removed from beneath the debris.
Parties are engaged in removing the debris of the Knapp
Building. Beneath they expect to find the body of Oscar Knapp,
senior member of the firm. Richard D. Swann, cashier of John
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 January 31, 2015.