Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1 Page: 36 of 432
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there beyond a day, I pushed on to Mobile, whence
a steamer was announced to start in a few hours for
New Orleans. It was a beautiful afternoon in April
as we cleft the waters of the bay; and I indulged
in pleasant anticipations connected, with my trip.
The sun went down serenely-the evening meal
was over-the passengers had retired to their berths,
and I, merely stripping off my coat, as the atmosphere
was close and sultry, had adjusted myself to
rest upon a sofa. Between eleven and twelve o'clock
at night, I was awakened from a heavy sleep by the
screams of women, and cries of " The vessel's on
fire !" I ran upon deck, and found every body in
consternation and disorder. An iron partition between
the fuel and the furnace of the steamer had
become so heated as to ignite the former; and, to
increase the general panic, the night had grown
pitch-dark, the wind began to blow furiously, and
by-and-bye lightning streamed as though the heavens
were on fire, and thunder crashed as if " chaos
had come again." It was my first introduction to
the thunder of the Mexican Gulf; and, had I been
easy in other respects, I could have heard its awfullymagnificent
peals with a feeling not remote from
enjoyment. But all thought of the grand artillery
of southern skies was lost in the immediate danger
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Kennedy, William. Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1, book, January 1, 1841; London. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2389/m1/36/: accessed June 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .