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the eastward, and that he would better steam slowly to and past
Progresso and let the great storm pass up and along the Gulf
Stream. Captain Reynolds acted in obedience to the warning,
but this particular hurricane, like the one that struck Galveston,
curved to the westward instead of to the eastward, after passing
the Yucatan Channel, overcame an area of high barometer that
hung over the Mexican coast, and rushed into Vera Cruz, carrying
death and destruction in its wake. Captain Reynolds and his
ship safely weathered the hurricane and were received at Havana
with great rejoicing, where it had been thought they were lost.
It was in I859 that still another West Indian hurricane
curved the wrong way and swept the waters of the Gulf over Last
Island, then the great summer resort of Southern society, situated
a few miles west of the mouth of the Mississippi off the coast of
Barataria. Those who wish to obtain some conception of the
horrors attending the Galveston hurricane should read Lafcadio
Hearn's story of "Chita: The Romance of Last Island," in which
that skilled word painter depicts the scenes of the awful tragedy
which decimated the households of the South.
STIRRING APPEALS FOR HELP.
One of our leading journals made the following timely comments
upon the Galveston calamity and the urgent necessity for
quick help :
"The cry for help which comes from the stricken city of
Galveston and the surrounding country is a moving appeal which
should receive the readiest and most generous response. The extent
of the disaster which has overtaken the city and the coast
country of Texas has not been overdrawn, it seems, in the reports
from the scene, and it would be impossible to exaggerate the
horror of the catastrophe and the distress and suffering that follow
in its wake.
"A fair city of 38,ooo inhabitants was wrecked in a night.
Thousands of men, women and children were drowned or killed in
the wreckage of the flooded, crumbling city; whole families
suddenly blotted out; the great mass of the survivors bereft of
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 December 25, 2014.