The great Galveston disaster, containing a full and thrilling account of the most appalling calamity of modern times including vivid descriptions of the hurricane Page: 93
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THE GULF CITY A MASS OF RUINS. 93
"Arrived at Galveston at 6 P. M., having been ferried across
bay in a yawl boat. It is impossible to adequately describe the
condition existing. The storm began about 9 A. M. on Saturday,
and continued with constantly increasing violence until after
midnight. The island was inundated; the height of the tide was
from eleven to thirteen feet. The wind was a cyclone. With few
exceptions every building in the city is injured. Hundreds are
entirely destroyed. All the fortifications except the rapid fire
battery at San Jacinto are practically destroyed. At San Jacinto
every building except the quarantine station has been swept away.
"Battery 0, First Artillery, lost twenty-eight men. The
officers and their families were all saved. Three members of the
hospital corps lost. All bridges are gone, water works destroyed
and all telegraph lines are down. The city is under control of
Commmittee of Safety, and is perfectly quiet. Every article of
equipment or property pertaining to Battery O was lost. Not. a
record of any kind is left. The men saved have nothing but the
clothing on their persons. Nearly all are without shoes.or clothing
other than their shirts and trousers. Clothing necessary has been
purchased, and temporary arrangements made for food and shelter.
There are many thousand citizens homeless and absolutely destitute
who must be clothed, sheltered and fed. Have ordered 20,000
rations and tents for Iooo from Sam Houston. Have wired Commissary-General
to ship 30,000 rations by express.' Lieutenant
Perry will make his way back to Houston and send this telegram.
ALARMING RUMORS FROM GALVESTON.
The authorities at Galveston on the I3th prohibited the entry
into the city of any one but men willing to work. Six hundred
women and children fled from Galveston and came to Houston.
The smell of the dead attained to the stifling point. Five hundred
more bodies recovered from the debris were cremated in one pile.
Several of the women who arrived at Houston from Galveston were
fever patients. They were removed to ambulances from the train in
stretchers. It was evident that the city was on the verge of an
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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, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/116/: accessed June 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .