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: 104
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104 THE GULF CITY A MASS OF RUINS.
city of Carmen it uprooted trees, depositing them upon houses
which they crushed. All the shipping in the harbor was wrecked.
Twelve foreign barks were wrecked. Some were thrown high and
dry on the beach, while others were submerged. Two steamships,
many schooners and many smaller craft were wrecked. There.
was great loss of life.
A hurricane from the West Indies, which swept up the
Atlantic coast, did great damage to Savannah, Ga., on Tuesday.
September 30, I896. Wind blew at a velocity of seventy-five miles
an hour for an hour and a half. Hardly a building escaped, and
thousands of houses were unroofed. The damage was $I,ooo,ooo,
and twenty-two persons were killed. The roof of the United States,
Pension Office was blown off. Railroad stations, churches, theatres
and the Bonaventure Cemetery were ruined, monuments being
The hurricane started from the West Indies. It went from
Brunswick, Ga., to Savannah; thence it plunged through and into
Pennsylvania, where the damage done was tremendous. The large
railroad bridge over the Susquehanna River was wrecked.
HARDEST STORM FOR MANY YEARS.!
One of the worst cyclonic storms of recent years was that on
August 29, I893, whicfl carried havoc and destruction even into
our own city, although this city escaped its utmost fury, although
there came tales of shipwrecks at sea. It was a West Indian
hurricane that originated in the West Indies on August 25, and
reached our shores at Savannah, Ga., two days later. The storm
passed through North and South Carolina, Virginia and West
Virginia and into the southwestern part of Pennsylvania.
All the Atlantic coast States suffered. Port Royal, S. C., was
frightfully damaged. The streets of Charleston, S. C., were
literally filled with debris, parts of roofs, signs, awnings, telegraph
poles and building material being jumbled together in an inextricable
mass of wreckage. The streets were flooded with water. All
the phosphate works were blown down or badly injured. One odd
sight in the old city was a schooner lying high and dry in a street.
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