The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 61, July 1957 - April, 1958 Page: 507
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The Galveston Storm of zgoo
many of them are false. We have neither light, fuel or water. I have
gone back to candles. I am now writing by candlelight.
A famine is feared, as nearly all the provisions were ruined by the
water which stood from six to fifteen feet in the streets and all com-
munication to the outside is cut off.
For myself I have no fear. I sleep in the office, have food to last
for some time and have water and means of getting more when it
rains as it frequently does here, and besides I have made friends here
who will not let me starve.
We had warning of the storm and many saved themselves by seeking
safty [sic] before the storm reached here. We were busy all day Thurs-
day [without much doubt Blagden meant Friday] answering telephone
calls about it and advising people to prepare for danger. But the
storm was more severe than we expected.
Dr. Cline placed confidence in the strength of his house. Many
went to his house for safty [sic] as it was the strongest-built of any in
that part of the town but of the forty odd who took refuge there less
than twenty are now living.
I have been very busy since the storm and had little sleep but I
intend to make up for sleep tonight. I do not know how or when
I can send this but will send it first chance. Do not worry on my
account. Write soon,
JOHN D. BLAGDEN29
It was after the 1900 storm that Galveston built its sea wall.
The city actually raised its sea level, by pumping ashore sand. This
first required raising structures in the area; one building raised
was a three thousand-ton church.
A reorganization of the municipal government after the storm
resulted in the city commission form of government, which
quickly spread to other cities in the United States.
Galveston made an amazingly rapid recovery from the storm.
General Thomas Scurry was so impressed that he made this
I do not think I exaggerate when I say that at no time in all history
have there been examples of nobler loyalty or more heroic determina-
tion. The credit for what has been done belongs in an overwhelmingly
large measure to the brave people of this city.30
20John Blagden to his parents in Duluth, Minnesota, September io, 1900oo (MS.,
Archives, Rosenberg Library, Galveston).
soScurry, "The Destruction of Galveston," Collier's Weekly, September 29, igoo,
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