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: 102
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102 THE GULF CITY A MASS OF RUINS.
the Cape Fear River. This is because the land is higher, serving
as a barrier to the encroachments of the sea, while the further
south one goes, it will be found, the land is lower, increasing the
liability of becoming submerged by heavy inshore winds and tidal
Florida, Louisiana and Texas coast cities are but a few feet
above high tide register and therefore the more subject to overflow.
To compute the total loss of life and property from the storms
which from time to time have devastated the coast of the Gulf of
Mexico it would be found the loss of human life would extend well
into the thousands, while tens of millions of dollars have been laid
STORMS THAT BROUGHT DESOLATION.
There have been many such storms before whose fury has been
felt by the coast people. One of the worst storms was in September,
i860, which caused ruin and death from Rio Grande to Mobile,
and when the waters had subsided the loss could be figured at
Then in October of the same year, one month later, aiiother
storm swept down upon Galveston and Houston, and $5,000,000
had been wiped out. There were other storms of less violence, as,
for instance, in June, I891, when a southeast wind blew a hurricane
for four days and the city was inundated and shipping was
There was another fearful visitation on September 17, I875.
A good part of the city was under water several feet deep. Vessels
were wrecked and the City Hospital was filled with water and the
Ocean House, on Gulf Beach, crumbled and fell and floated away
in remnants. Thirty lives were lost. It was the hardest storm
since 1867 up to that time. The storm raged for several days.
Indianola, one hundred and twenty miles southwest of Galveston,
was almost totally destroyed. More than one hundred and
fifty of its inhabitants were found dead in the ruins of their homes.
Nearly all of its three thousand houses weie unroofed or badly
damaged, and $7,000,000 in money has gone to waste.
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